The British automaker is well known for being among the early promoters of aluminum structures – alongside Audi – and they apparently refined the process to also be eco-friendly.
So far, using recycled aluminum in its new entry-level XE sedan has resulted in Jaguar saving 500,000 tons of greenhouse gas pollution. In order to achieve the saves during the past 12 months of production, the Coventry-based automaker has been using a closed-loop aluminum recycling process to make the XE’s bodyshell, which resulted in the company harnessing at least 50,000 tons of lightweight metal. That would be the equal of 200,000 XE bodyshells or, if you like out of place comparisons, six Eiffel Towers. Handling the production process are 11 press shops that segregate waste aluminum and Jaguar believes the rehash is actually 95% more efficient than using primary aluminum.
The company hasn’t been investing alone in the process, which required some 7 million pounds, as it got help from UK’s Innovate fund. “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Jaguar Land Rover. We are driven by the desire to produce increasingly world-class, lightweight, vehicles, but we also want to be world leading in how we build them. Our goal is having up to 75% recycled aluminum content in our vehicle body structures by 2020,” commented JLR’s engineering director Nick Rogers. Aside from the XE production process, the brand also uses recycled aluminum for the F-Pace and new XF bodyshells and the company is now looking to buy a 6-acre site near the Coventry base to expand its research and development units.