The Ford Mustang's Fuel Tank is 100% Recycled

Ford Mustang

Since its inception, the Ford Mustang’s attractive style has stirred up excitement in generations of car owners. Although the classic American muscle car has been redesigned a number of times, one thing remains the same – many of its parts are constructed of high-strength steel.

Since 1994, Ford’s Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Plant has produced the Mustang’s steel fuel tanks. Made of highly formable interstitial-free steel, these fuel tanks are durable, cost competitive, meet the California Air Resources Board emission standards and are 100 percent recyclable.

Ford MustangThe steel has Electrogalvanized Zn-Ni coating, with a thin epoxy coating on both sides of the sheet steel, provides effective corrosion resistance externally to road environments and internally to today’s fuels.

A dry film lubricant coating is used to facilitate metal flow in forming.

The Mustang’s fuel tank features a saddle shape with 12.2 inch lobes (from the top of the hump to the bottom of the lobe) and 3-D seam welding, which follows the complex contour and tight radii of the flange. The Mustang’s tank holds 16 gallons of fuel. In addition, it has a thin wall, allowing for higher fuel capacity and less unusable fuel (less than 0.1 gallons) in comparison to a plastic design.

As automakers strive to meet the new standards for fuel economy, steel has gained a resurgence of interest for automotive fuel tank applications. Today’s steel fuel tanks are lightweight, reduce green house gas emissions and lower a vehicle’s total carbon footprint.

About the Strategic Alliance for Steel Tanks (SASFT)

The Strategic Alliance for Fuel Tanks (SASFT) is an international alliance of companies specializing in the various areas of fuel tank production, possessing a common interest in the development, optimization and application of steel fuel tanks for automobiles. SASFT was organized by the American Iron and Steel Institute in 2000 to bring together the diverse business disciplines involved in designing, manufacturing and supplying steel fuel tanks in the automotive market. For more information on SASFT, please visit