Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

Steel vs. aluminum? By choosing to build the 2015 F-150 with an all-aluminum body, Ford is shaving 700 pounds from the truck’s weight. And that’s a critical factor as automakers struggle to reach a 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025. The F-150 has been America’s favorite vehicle for 32 years, so light weighting it—and reaching, maybe, 30 mpg on the highway—is really important to Ford.

The FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) is said to cut body mass by 39 percent when used in a battery electric vehicle. (SMDI graphic) Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up steel 20FSV 20BEV 20Peel 20Away 20Image 20small

The FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) is said to cut body mass by 39 percent when used in a battery electric vehicle. (SMDI graphic)

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