When Ford Motor Co. rolled out its aluminum-bodied F-150 truck, it also introduced all-LED headlights that included a distinctive light pipe pattern around the light. It was a case where plastics made it possible for the truck to stand out.
"It is a new design language," Gordon Platto, chief designer of the F-150, said in 2014 following the truck's introduction. "It gives a unique character to the truck's front end, especially at night."
Now light pipes are being used to help a new 150 stand out: the all-electric F-150 Lightning, introduced May 19.
"The Lightning features a light bar that runs horizontally across the front of the vehicle and connects the tops of both headlights, with a similar taillight design. The grille area is closed off but largely resembles the size, shape and color of the grilles on gasoline-powered trucks," writes Michael Martinez, a reporter from our sister paper Automotive News.
The grille also opens to a front storage area, termed "the frunk" for "front trunk," using plastics to provide easy cleaning with a drain, along with power outlets that can charge everything from laptops to speakers and even crockpots.
We expect that more plastics-intensive elements will also turn up now that the truck has been unveiled. We'll let you know what we find.