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Not in terms of fuel economy but the materials used in the production of the pickup. Apparently, Ford is trying to use sustainable materials and recycling things to use in their trucks like the F-150.

I.e. recycled cotton and bluejean scraps as sound insulation and extra padding, using recycled plastic bottles, recycled tires and soybeans to make exterior mirrors and seals. Didn't really know this until I found the article on torquenews. Pretty interesting stuff that Ford is doing to become more sustainable.
 

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Oh boy.. I'm really not too sure how I feel about this. Majority of the time when things like this happen is usually because it's much cheaper but the quality ends up suffering as well. I'm not saying it's guaranteed to be garbage, just that I have a feeling it may not be the best quality

The tree huggers will be happy I guess
 

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as good as it seems, for all we know it could be them just trying to get in early before some environmental tax comes in since that's the next step, once we see more hybrids and EV's on the road, those types of taxes should be more common.
 

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Definitely, there's going to be a world of changes once we get a lot more EVs and hybrids and what not on the roads. New incentives, new taxes, new special parking spaces for them :|
 

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Definitely, there's going to be a world of changes once we get a lot more EVs and hybrids and what not on the roads. New incentives, new taxes, new special parking spaces for them :|
Exactly, that's what all this global warming bull **** is leading us into. All the major industries that have an impact on environment will be hit and as you can bet uncle sam wants a cut of your salary lol
 

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Lol right ?! I'm just still wondering why they have like handicap distanced parking spots. What the **** is the point of that ?!
 

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Not sure I want to see bluejean scraps is a panel ever comes off to show the insulation... Better fuel economy is great but I wouldn't want soy in my vehicle...
 

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Lol. It's like going to a real nice steakhouse, ordering a filet mignon, and you cut into that bacon wrapped goodness and find tofu.
 

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Not sure I want to see bluejean scraps is a panel ever comes off to show the insulation... Better fuel economy is great but I wouldn't want soy in my vehicle...
Soy... at this rate electric is the way to go, billions from a number of sources are being put into it and add to that self driving cars, Uber, car sharing, etc. and you have a wealth of EV's to move around in that you don't have to drive yourself, and soon enough the rise of EV's in the sub $20k range.
 

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I can understand recycled plastics being used again as they aren't biodegradable but soy-based polyurethane is not something I've come across.
 

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I wouldn't doubt electric vehicles sharing the same materials though. They're all about "go green" and being as "eco friendly" as they can.
 

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Sure the f-150 diesel is expected to be more fuel efficient but it's far from being an electric vehicle. But, this seems to be a new trend that automakers are taking. General Motors is using ecycled plastic for radiator shrouds.
 

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Well of course it's far from being an electric vehicle.

I meant in terms of using recycled materials and pretty much garbage compiled stuffings.
 

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Let's hope they process the material like jeans and such properly, wouldn't want jeans stuffed between the panels for insulation.
 

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Let's hope the soy based products last as long as the normal plastics. There are some who keep their vehicles until they run it into the ground.
 

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I sure hope so. That is true though, I've noticed this segment among most if not all, people tend to keep these for a very long time.
 

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Unfortunately that might not be the case, not for those looking for something super high mileage since overall that ends up being the minority. Just ask yourself how many 15+ year old F150's you've seen in the past couple years? I haven't seen that many and most are in horrible condition. Last ones I seen were doing scrap metal runs, landscaping, etc.
 
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