Materials are something that are prevalent in our lives everyday. Opening a door or being in a room seem like simple tasks, but the experiences of using certain materials is what makes it a truly unique thing. Whether it’s the feel of an aluminum door handle, or the ambiance of woodgrain trimmed interior, the materials set the mood. Ford has recognized this over the past decade and has been improving the quality of its vehicles. As a result, they have been using some very unique materials in the 2015 Ford F-150.
The first unique material, which is a game changer in the pickup truck segment that every Ford Addict or Silverado owner with buyer’s remorse has heard about, is the change from steel to an aluminum body. Why aluminum you might ask? Well when you look at the benefits of using aluminum on a truck body it makes total sense! First, it shaves a ton of weight off of the truck. This in turn allows for better fuel economy when paired up with the turbocharged EcoBoost engines because the engines are working more efficiently and carrying less of an initial load.
The second fact of why aluminum is a big change is longevity. Aluminum is very resistant to rust. In fact, Ford has put important bits such as the fenders to the test. During corrosion resistance testing, the fenders were exposed to acidified sprays and survived without a spot of rust. Toyota truck owners, are you impressed yet? We didn’t even mention the substantial increase in strength that will protect against dents and scratches!
Ford has also used unique materials on the interior of the new 2015 F-150 as well. For models equipped with cloth interiors, Ford uses REPREVE. REPREVE is a special, environmentally responsible, fiber technology made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles. This at first is an interesting choice, but you’ll be surprised to find this material has been used on other Ford vehicles such as the Focus and Fusion for a few years now. The resulting material is not only comfortable and supportive, but it also is very durable and soft to the touch. As an act of responsible recycling, a part of Ford’s global sustainable materials strategy since 2013, recycled materials are being used more and more in newer Ford vehicles to not only try to help make efficient use of wasted materials, it can also make a better product. Just feel the seats in this car and see the difference, or count the almost 5-million plastic bottles Ford is helping to divert from landfills in 2015 alone.
Ever think of using soy as anything other than something to put in your coffee? Ford did, and in a unique way. A soy-based seat foam has been used in Ford seat cushions in other models, and is continued into the all-new F-150. This helps to make a cushion out of a renewable resource and also save petroleum oil usage by 5 million pounds average annually. Soy foam is also used in underhood and energy absorbing foams. Soy oil is another renewable resource that Ford makes use of in synthetic rubber as a replacement for traditional petroleum oil. It doesn’t affect the rubber materials outcome, so next time you use a cup-holder with rubber inserts or rubber floormats, just think “wow, this comes from soy!” Or you could just enjoy your big gulp in the large cupholders of the F-150. Either way it’s a win-win situation.
Ford is pioneering the use of various sustainable materials in new vehicles, and also innovating other material uses to improve the automotive industry as well as the planet. The use of renewable materials allows Ford to support the good old agriculture industry in America. All these things help to make the new 2015 F-150 a tough, environmentally conscious, turbocharged, lean, mean, hauling machine! And when this lean, mean, hauling machine is done with its useful driving life. You can feel safe knowing that 95 percent of the materials used in modern Fords can be recycled and reused, so a little piece of your truck can go on to help other Ford trucks start a new life.