Jaguar Land Rover just found a new way to further reduce its carbon footprint thanks to a new recycling process that they plan to use in making new cars. Besides utilizing hybrid and electrification to further lessen carbon emissions on their cars, the British automaker has also revealed an innovative way of recycling aluminum for automotive use.
Via the company's Reality Aluminum Project, which is part of the company's Destination Zero mission to reduce carbon emissions, engineers from the company were able to use recycled aluminum parts an mix it with newer aluminum to form a new tested prototype alloy.
JLR believes that by recycling used aluminum to make new parts, they were able to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 26% compared sourcing new aluminum. With aluminum (or aluminium, as the English say) being one of the most commonly used materials in making cars, recycling the said material makes perfect sense.
But what types of recycled aluminum can Jaguar Land Rover use to make automotive-grade aluminum? They wouldn't have to look far as the automaker can recover use recycled aluminum parts found in older cars as they can be melted down and reformed repeatedly without losing quality. They will also be using recycled aluminum from common household appliances.
With JLR's new system, they are hoping that they can reuse the premium properties of older aluminum as part of a blend that can be used instead of relying on 'virgin' aluminum in car manufacturing. That way, they will be able to extend the life of aluminum already available for new cars.
“This project has allowed us, for the first time, to recover premium automotive-grade aluminum from scrapped vehicles and re-use its unique properties. The potential of this on the production process is a reduction in CO2 impact as well as helping us re-use even more aluminum,” said Gaëlle Guillaume, Lead Project Manager for Reality.
So far, JLR has recycled 360,000 tons of scrap that have been processed by JLR and used in making lightweight aluminum frames between September 2013 and March 2020. With that track record of recycling scrap, perhaps JLR is onto something with its aluminum recycling process.