Lightening the Ford F-150 Lightning

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As truck buyers increasingly scrutinise range, Ford’s design team had to pay close attention to lightweighting in realising the OEMs gamechanging F-150 Lightning

At CDN’s sister title Automotive Manufacturing Solutions Livestream Hour – Lightweighting next-gen vehicles – design and engineering experts from Ford discussed the latest challenges and wins in reducing vehicle weight through new material choices, manufacturing techniques and vehicle redesign. Scott Anderson, Ford’s lead interior designer for SUVs and trucks, said lightweighting was a top issue as consumers looked at range as a critical factor in their choice of battery electric vehicle (BEV). That is certainly the case in the choice of the ever-popular pickup truck in the US and Ford has made some advanced structural weight saving in the electrification of its Ford F-150 – the Lightning.

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