Will Aluminum Trucks Sink or Swim?

With the constant pressure to improve the energy efficiency of all motor vehicles, truck manufacturers are definitely getting squeezed. One of the most recent “discoveries” in matter of automotive manufacturing is aluminum, as more and more automakers have decided that using aluminum for the production of their trucks can help improve their gas mileage and performance, but will they sink or swim? Ford is the first to enter the ring, making the 2015 F150 primarily of aluminum. Despite the advantages of using aluminum for truck production, it also has its obstacles, which mainly include the cost of aluminum, its durability and the ease of repair. Ford is one of the innovators in this domain, making its 2015 F-150 with aluminum body.

In order to determine the durability and ease of repair, Ford used a tougher testing regiment for its pickup truck, in a struggle to educate customers and technicians into the use of aluminum for the trucks. According to the company, it seems that the main advantage of using aluminum for the body of a pickup truck is that it increases the gas mileage, while another advantage would be less weight for the truck.  The 2015 Ford F-150 is expected to have the following engines:

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • 5.0-liter V-8

Other known details regarding this model include the following:

  • Rear wheel drive
  • Capacity of 3 passengers
  • 2 passenger doors
  • Electronic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission

Check out this post of the new Ford F-150 being tested for 36 hours in the desert.


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General Motors is also working on aluminum-bodied pickup trucks, which is expected to happen by late 2018. Automakers are entertaining the use of more aluminum for their productio