Automakers are about to make hippies look like they're lazy about saving the Earth.
The Toyota Prius may be the picture of eco friendliness, but did you know that a Jaguar F-Pace is also pretty good for the environment? Obviously it isn’t the swell-sounding supercharged 3.0-liter V6 under the hood that does the Earth-saving. It’s actually the hood itself that helps the environment along with other body panels on the car. That’s because Jaguar uses a closed loop system to conserve aluminum during production. It all starts to make sense when one realizes how much waste is produced when making a car.
Normally, producing an aluminum body panel means that 30-40% of the metal used becomes scrap. Instead of throwing it into a landfill, Jaguar just recycles it and uses the material to build another car. The Jag models that get the eco aluminum treatment are the F-Pace, the XE, and the XF. According to Jaguar’s own numbers, the recycling program has managed to reclaim 50,000 tons of metal, or about six Eiffel Towers worth. Getting this metal out of the landfill and into driveways has offset 500,000 tons of pollution and is 95% more efficient than just using new aluminum. To reuse the metal, Jaguar has 11 press shops that take the scraps of aluminum, separate them, and send them back to the production line.
This is all a part of Jaguar’s goal to have 75% of its aluminum come from recycled sources by 2020. This innovative step forward required a $10 million dollar investment, which was aided by the British government.
The fact that Jaguar is using recycled materials in its cars without compromising the end result, or blatantly advertising it’s eco materials that are more readily found at an Urban Outfitters as in the case of the BMW i3, sets an example that other automakers should follow. This impressive feat is something that isn’t exclusive to Jaguar. Ford, the previous owner of the British brand, also uses a similar program to build its aluminum-bodied F-150 and saves enough aluminum per year to 30,000 F-150 bodies.