Ford F-150 the clean and green truck

Ford F-150 the clean and green truck

Ford makes serious moves to make the popular F-Series pick-up more environmentally friendly.

Ford F-150 the clean and green truck
One Ford F-150 uses the equivalent of about 10 pairs of jeans, 26 bath towels or 31 T-shirts as carpet insulation or sound absorber.

It’s traditionally been anything but, however Ford is working to make the legendary F-Series pick-up more environmentally friendly.

Aside from the introduction of more efficient engines, Ford has begun using sustainable materials in the production of the F-150.

They recently substituted talc-based reinforcement in an electrical harness with rice hulls, a naturally grown by-product of rice grain.

This was just the latest in a series of changes designed to make the truck cleaner and greener, including using recycled cotton in carpet insulation, soybeans in seat cushions, and recycled tyres in the construction of under body panels.

Beyond the sustainable materials the model now also offers two engines that are much more environmentally friendly than power plants traditionally offered in the pick-up.

Ford recently slotted a 3.5-liter turbo EcoBoost engine under the bonnet, and from next year a V6 engine will be offered that can operate on either natural gas or petrol through separate fuel systems.

Ford sells a mammoth 650,000 F-Series trucks each year so efficiency gains and the use of sustainable materials are sure to have a significant positive impact on the environment.

Joel Helmes