2. All-Aluminum Car Bodies Bring $1B Global Plant Investment

Wall Street Journal

  • Ford F-150 All-Alu­minum body first high-vol­ume vehi­cle
  • Trou­bled met­als indus­try looks for ways to increase use of alu­minum
  • Alcoa has stepped up with $575M invest­ment in plants in Iowa & Ten­nessee
  • Alu­minum lighter than steel but 3X more expen­sive
  • Most pricey lux­u­ry cars have been all alu­minum, like Audi & Jag
  • 10% reduc­tion in weight leads to 7% improve­ment in fuel econ­o­my
  • Takes 900 lbs of alu­minum to build an F-150
  • 29.9% of alu­minum usage go to trans­porta­tion


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