Aluminum Strong

Aluminum strong

Recently, Ford Motor Company rolled out a new design for its F-150 truck. Some fans of the vehicle questioned if the change would compromise its durability, but if past performance of the design is any indication, future customers have nothing to fear and greater performance to cheer.

When Ford announced that its new F-150 design would replace its steel construction for the bed and cab with a lighter aluminum metal, the change was both a surprise and potential concern for long-time fans of the truck. Envisioning the truck crumpling like an aluminum soda can, looks of curiosity and concern may have swept across the faces of some vehicle enthusiasts.

Far from the weak image of the soda can, aluminum has proven to be a strong material worthy of some of the most heavily used vehicles in the world – the USPS Long Life Vehicle (LLV). LLVs have been proven their value and durability for more than 25 years. Crafted with an aluminum body, the durable postal vehicles have withstood the test of time and consistently delivered mail – living up to their long life name.

Aluminum is lighter than steel and can substantially reduce the weight of a vehicle without compromising its integrity. The lighter weight produces less stress on the engine, creating greater fuel economy than a heavier vehicle can provide. In an effort to produce a more fuel efficient truck without reducing its performance, Ford opted to introduce the metal into one of its most popular brands. The results are expected to make the 2015 F-150 more fuel efficient with greater performance and increased hauling capacity. The vehicle will drive onto showroom floors later this year.

If the USPS LLV is any indication, the transition to aluminum by Ford has the potential to be a welcome change by fans.

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