Ford’s new pickup truck will be made from scrap metal (sort of)

Ford will be using what is known as a “closed loop manufacturing system” to manufacture their new F-150 pickup truck in the USA.   When the metal is stamped out to make the body panels of a vehicle, as much as 40% of the metal goes to waste.  With their new model, Ford will be collecting this waste and recycling it.  This is because instead of using steel, the F-150 will have aluminium body panels.  These are much lighter, and hence enable the vehicle to meet the USA’s new fuel economy laws.  But aluminium is much more expensive than steel, so adopting a closed loop is essential if the vehicles are to be competitively priced.  More details here.

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