As Ford gets ready to launch the all-new and lighter-than-ever 2015 F-150 while working on decreasing the weight of other vehicles in its lineup, it’s worth noting that the automaker has made lighter vehicles an integral part of its business plan.
Lightweighting, or the practice of taking weight out of vehicles to make them lighter, is a key component of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability. According to Ford, it has integrated “sustainability into the business plan for the long-term preservation and enhancement of environmental, social and financial capital.”
The Blue Oval will achieve this by introducing and incorporating lightweight materials into vehicle construction (like on the Lightweight Concept), with the goal of achieving better fuel economy for consumers while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, lightweighting and other fuel-efficiency technologies is integral to Ford’s efforts to stabilize carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million, which is the level many scientists, businesses, and governmental agencies believe may avoid the most serious effects of climate change.
The Motrolix Take
Not only does lightweighting help make cars more fuel-efficient, thereby making them more environmentally-friendly and more affordable to fuel, but it also results in better-performing cars when it comes to vehicle dynamics, including better acceleration, braking, handling, and cornering. In other words, lightweighting for the win!