By now we are all aware that the 2015 Ford F-150 will be made from aluminum, and we also know that Ford put the truck through a pretty rigorous testing process. What we didn’t know, was that Ford has been testing its aluminum F-150 for quite some time. Not only has it been testing for about 3 years, its test subjects were the general public. The best part is they had no idea they were driving an aluminum truck.
Turns out that in 2011 Ford made the current style of the F-150 in six versions that used aluminum to make the cargo box. They handed these six trucks off to three different companies across the US, a utility provider in North Carolina, Barrick Mining in Nevada, and two Walsh Construction operations in Pennsylvania and Alabama. As of today, these trucks are still in use and really taking abuse from their drivers. Two of the trucks have over 150,000 miles on them each, and some of the trucks were used to help put together a hydroelectric dam and a highway interchange. Talk about heavy duty!
This first time adventure really paid off for Ford. They learned several lessons from allowing real people to use the trucks and were able to make a few adjustments when building the 2015 Ford F-150. Check out this video to watch Barrick Mining talk about their experience with their aluminum F-150.
Tell us what you think! How excited are you to get behind the wheel of the 2015 Ford F-150 and put it to the test when we get them in here at Gurley Motor Company?