The switch to an aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 for the 2015 model year was a significant one, with the prevailing attitude amongst industry pundits being a mixture of anticipation, and trepidation. It’ll be some time before we can truthfully assign a one-word “good” or “bad” proclamation on Ford’s decision, but the lightweight aluminum body is paying off in one way, at least.
GreenerCars.org has listed the 2015 Ford F-150 as one of its “Greener Choices” cars, based on an environmental friendliness number tediously assigned to every production car available for the 2015 model year. That’s not quite as great an honor as making the “Greenest List,” as the 2015 Ford Focus Electric did, but an honor nonetheless.
The “Greener Choices” list is compiled of cars which are eco-friendly, without sacrificing utility; the site’s panelists acknowledge that today’s electric-only cars aren’t necessarily going to suit every need and lifestyle. But it’s worth noting that the only 2015 Ford F-150s to make the list are those with the smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
Still, the Ford F-150 is one of only two pickups to make the list – the other being the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon with 2.5-liter I4. And, it’s a much-deserved payoff for a bold and daring step toward pickup lightweighting.