Ford Motor Company is bringing its latest, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 full-size pickup to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi this week for AluSolutions – an international conference on the aluminum industry, and the sustainability thereof.
In a release last month, Ford announced that its closed-loop aluminum-recycling system manages to recover 20 million pounds of the stuff each month – enough to produce another 30,000 Ford F-150 SuperCrew bodies, in theory. Using recycled aluminum for production emits 95 percent less greenhouse gasses than primary aluminum production, while consuming less energy and water.
That’s part of what helps the current-generation Ford F-150 lead in the full-size truck segment with its comparatively small lifetime carbon footprint.
Following in the Ford F-150’s footsteps, the next-generation Ford Expedition SUV is also expected to incorporate a large measure of aluminum when it comes along for the 2018 model year. Ford says that using aluminum instead of steel is among the best ways to reduce energy consumption.