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Jaguar Land Rover developing next phase in closed-loop recycling program

Friday, April 12, 2019  
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Jaguar Land Rover announced it is developing the next phase of its aluminum closed-loop strategy with an innovative recycling initiative to transform the vehicles of today into the cars of tomorrow.

The REALITY project aims to recover aluminum from existing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and reform it into a new high-grade aluminum to create new vehicles.

The process is currently being tested on early, pre-production Jaguar I-PACE prototypes which have had their batteries safely removed. These batteries enter into their own second-life process which Jaguar Land Rover is developing while the scrap from the vehicles is sorted into various materials using high-tech sensors by Axion. Once separated, the aluminum scrap is melted and reformed.

When operating at full capacity, REALITY is expected to reduce the CO2 impact of production while reducing the amount of virgin aluminum required to produce vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has already reduced its global vehicle manufacturing operating CO2 by 46% per vehicle and remains committed to an ongoing decarbonization process.

The pioneering project, co-funded by Innovate UK, is helping Jaguar Land Rover extend its closed-loop aluminum economy. Between September 2013 and January 2019, around 300,000 tonnes of closed-loop scrap have been processed back into the brand’s lightweight aluminum-intensive architecture, across all vehicle lines including XE. More...

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