Jaguar To Make Cars From Bottle Tops

Fri 21st Aug 2020

Cars of the future could be built using recycled aluminium from cans, bottle tops and even old cars as part of a Jaguar Land Rover project aimed at reducing emissions.

As part of JLR’s REALITY project, the company will take recycled aluminium parts and mix it with primary aluminium to form a new prototype alloy which matches the quality already used in the factory.

Aluminium is one of the most widely recycled metals and the use of recycled aluminium uses around 90 per cent less energy than traditional production, which could allow JLR to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 26 per cent.

The REALITY aluminium recycling project will play a small part in helping the Jaguar Land Rover Destination Zero strategy, which aims for a world of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Gaëlle Guillaume, lead project manager for REALITY at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This project has allowed us, for the first time, to recover premium automotive-grade aluminium 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 aluminium.

“As we move into an autonomous, connected and electrified future, with the potential of shared fleets being de-commissioned en masse, it could allow Jaguar Land Rover to engineer this closed loop recycling alloy into tight production schedules to further improve efficiency and environmental benefits.”