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Ford recycles 20 million pounds of aluminum a month

That's enough scrapped aluminum in one month to build the equivalent of 30,000 F-150 bodies.

  • Ford Aluminum recycling

Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Truck Plant which builds F-150.

That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies in the largest configuration – a SuperCrew body including doors, plus hood, tailgate and 6.5-foot cargo box.

Opting for aluminum over steel in new automobile construction is the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, according to Oak Ridge National Lab.

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Recycled aluminum avoids 95 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production.

It uses significantly less energy and water – another reason Ford F-150 leads the full-size truck pack in terms of lifetime carbon footprint.

Weight savings from aluminum alloy helps F-150 reduce its lifetime emissions compared to the previous steel-body version.

Between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of a typical aluminum coil is turned into scrap in the stamping process.

This is recycled into new metal for the truck using the closed-loop system.

When equipped with the available 2.7-litre EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, F-150 4×2 has best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy ratings of (US) 19 mpg city, (US) 26 mpg highway and (US) 22 mpg combined (actual mileage will vary).

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