Ford Motor Company (F), General Motors Company (GM): America’s Best-Selling Vehicle Gets Greener

Ford F-Series trucks. Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company.

It’s no secret that Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)’s F-Series truck has been America’s best-selling vehicle — or at least, it shouldn’t be. The F-Series has topped U.S. vehicle sales for 31 straight years, and been the top-selling truck for 36 years. Now Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) faces a new challenge as General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’ redesigned Silverado and Sierra saw July sales surge 45% and 49%, respectively. To keep the top spot away from its cross-town rival, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is giving Americans yet another reason to buy a Ford truck: environmental friendliness.

“Fuel economy is a top priority when it comes to Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)‘s environmental impact,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager, in a Ford press release. “But we also recognize the tremendous impact that can be made by using sustainable materials inside our cars, utilities and trucks.”

Here are some of the details released by Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F).

  • Recycled cotton: Used as carpet insulation and a sound absorber; every 2014 F-150 contains enough recycled cotton to make the equivalent of 10 pairs of jeans, 26 bath towels or 31 T-shirts
  • Recycled carpet: Some F-150 trucks have cylinder head covers made with EcoLon, a nylon resin produced from 100 percent post-consumer recycled carpet
  • Recycled tires: A thermoplastic material made from recycled tires and post-consumer recycled polypropylene is used to make shields and some underbody covers on F-150
  • Recycled plastic soda pop and water bottles: A lightweight fiber derived from recycled plastic soda pop and water bottles is used to construct F-150 wheel liners and shields. The parts are significantly lighter than traditional injection molded parts and lead to a quieter ride. Select F-Series trucks feature fabric made from recycled fiber
  • Recycled post-industrial plastics: Used in interior finish panels, including around radio and climate controls

All those recycled materials add up quickly when you consider that Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)‘s F-Series has averaged annual sales of 727,917 units since the year 2000. In case truck owners out there are worried that going green means giving up toughness, none of these recycled options seem to compromise the standard Ford durability.