Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.
Considerable care was taken in engineering the best-selling pickup so that weight is minimized and the use of recycled material is maximized, all while assuring the "Built Ford Tough" requirement.
When it comes to producing cost-effective structures that can resist intrusion, steel provides the competitive edge.
Does the Ford announcement that the 2015 F-150’s body will shift from steel to aluminum mark the end of steel’s dominance for automotive applications? Not according to the steel industry, which is developing material tech that is light, strong and comparatively economical.
Seems like the energy-consumption picture is one of those that can be characterized as: “On the one hand. . .but on the other hand. . . .” At least that’s the sense from the Energy Information Agency’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 report.
This didn’t take long.
It was a busy week in the auto industry last week.