TheDetroitNews reports that the industry’s open-bed utility vehicle for the masses will be made primarily of aluminum by 2025 in a mass effort to utilize the relatively lightweight, but sturdy metal, like the recent next generation Ford F150.
According to the report, it’s estimated around 70 of pickups will have aluminum bodies by 2025 as the industry continues to seek ways of penny-pinching every bit of fuel economy possible. As a result, pickups could go on diets as large as 550lbs by the same year. Since the 2015 Ford F150 made the move to feature an aluminum body, some analysts even observed the beginnings of a short-term shortage of the material.
GM has been known to be working with current aluminum suppliers to prepare the next generation Silverado and Sierra. The only pickup that’s in the unknown is the Ram…though we don’t doubt that they’ll jump on board…an aluminum-bodies Ram 1500 EcoDiesel sounds promising…*hint hint* Chrysler…if you’re reading.