All-aluminum bodies are nothing new for vehicle manufacturers, but they’re typically intended for the high-end market: Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche, Audi, Land Rover, and Tesla. However, when light-weighting and durability rolls into the high-volume pickup truck segment, it impacts a very loyal and demanding customer base. The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years. So, when the company swapped steel for military-grade aluminum in several non-load-bearing and load-bearing parts – a first for any pickup truck – getting noticed is an understatement.
Dow Automotive Systems has developed a customized BETAMATE™ technology exclusively for aluminum to aluminum structural bonding applications like the 2015 Ford F-150, allowing a reduction in the truck’s weight by as much as 700 lbs. With the need to meet / exceed today’s CAFÉ standards, engineers are typically ecstatic with the reduction of ounces. Less weight means the F-150 can haul and tow more than it ever could, while accelerating and stopping faster. It also means the truck gets up to 20% better fuel efficiency.
The 2015 Ford F-150 also continues the use of our BETASEAL™ conventional cure technology for bonding the windshield and rear glass to the body of the vehicle. Dow Automotive Systems Aftermarket replacement products and simple procedures have been compatible with aluminum for over eight years. By following recommended metal treatment steps, a safe, long term bond and vehicle protection will be established.