Closed-Loop Recycling Makes New Jaguars Out of Old Ones

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Everything old is new again at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

The automaker has moved forward with the next phase of their closed-loop recycling, which will take aluminum from existing vehicles and repurpose it into higher quality aluminum to manufacture brand new cars.

“More than a million cars are crushed every year in the U.K., and this pioneering project affords us a real opportunity to give some of them a second life,” the company said in a statement. “Aluminum is a valuable material and a key component in our manufacturing process, and as such, we’re committed to ensuring our use of it is as responsibly as possible."

While currently in the testing phase, the process is using pre-production Jaguar I-PACE prototypes and removing the electric SUV’s battery. The battery is recycled in a separate process that the automaker is also developing.

The aluminum from the car is then sorted, melted, and remolded. After undergoing quality controls to make sure it is up to safety standards, the recycled aluminum is used for the body panels of brand new Jaguar and Land Rover automobiles. This is not your Uncle Carl’s pre-owned vehicle!

JLR claims when the process is running at full capacity it will use less raw materials, be more environmentally-sound, and reduce CO2 levels.

The hope is to have the process streamlined so large, shared fleets of vehicles can be “recovered, de-polluted, and shredded en masse” on a tight production schedule so as to make it viable at the company’s in-house facilities.

Although the closed-loop process is in the early stages, JLR has been at the forefront of recycling aluminum since 2013. In the last six years, they’ve been able to recycle 300K tons of aluminum and have reduced CO2 emissions per each car manufactured by 46%.

JLR is trying to make sure the cost of having a luxury vehicle isn’t on the environment.