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Global vehicle producer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is conducting research in the UK on how best to use scrap aluminum from household appliances and end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) for use in future JLR models, thereby reducing the company’s CO emissions.2 up to 26 percent of emissions.
The company says research related to its REALITY aluminum project has already “revealed how an innovative recycling process” could help it achieve its goal.
JLR describes the REALITY aluminum project as “a key part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission to reduce carbon emissions and its ambition to make societies safer and cleaner environments through relentless innovation.”
The company says its engineers were able to use scrap aluminum and mix it with a smaller amount of primary aluminum “to form a new prototype alloy tested, comparable to existing Jaguar Land Rover quality and quality.”
Recycled content aluminum alloys are commonly used in the production of cast aluminum engine parts around the world. In 2014, the Jaguar XE used a grade RC5754 aluminum alloy, which contains up to 75% recycled aluminum, for its body panels. The company claims that these XE body structures were manufactured with recycled aluminum content “made possible through a closed-loop manufacturing system at our facilities in the UK and Slovakia”.
In 2018, JLR reached an agreement with Novelis for this aluminum producer to supply recycled metal for its Advanz (EV) electric vehicle.
The £ 2million ($ 2.65million) JLR REALITY project, co-funded by Innovate UK and in partnership with Brunel University of London, is helping Jaguar Land Rover expand its closed loop and aluminum recycling initiatives in the framework of Destination Zero. According to JLR, between September 2013 and March 2020, approximately 360,000 metric tonnes of closed loop scrap was transformed into “lightweight aluminum-intensive architecture, across all vehicle lines, including the Jaguar XE.”
“As we move into an autonomous, connected and electrified future, with the potential to decommission shared fleets en masse, this could allow Jaguar Land Rover to design this closed-loop recycling alloy under tight production schedules to further improve efficiency and environmental benefits, ”said Gaëlle Guillaume, Senior Project Manager for REALITY at JLR .