If you are wondering what “REALCAR” stands for, it is an acronym for Recycled Aluminum Car, and it is a research project that Jaguar Land Rover started with several partners.
The Jaguar XE has a body shell made of 75% aluminum and weighs 251 kilograms, so the British brand estimates that the aluminum scrap recovered from their closed-loop process is the equivalent of 199,203 XE body shells.
Jaguar does incorporate recycled aluminum in the construction of the XE, and all of the scrap from the production process is melted and reformed for use in new body shells and other components.
Moreover, the company claims the XE is the first vehicle in the world that uses this grade of recycled aluminum, but other carmakers, like Ford, use closed-loop recycling for their components.
However, Jaguar does not recycle aluminum on its own, as they have the aid of 11 press shops in the United Kingdom. The closed-loop system mentioned above works by segregating scrap and re-melting it into sheets. The resulted aluminum stacks then get sent to Jaguar for reuse.
Jaguar Land Rover invested over seven million pounds across their Halewood, Castle Bromwich, and Solihull press shops to install the systems needed for aluminum recycling. The environmental benefits of recycling aluminum are impressive, as it uses up to 95% less energy to make thanks to primary aluminum production. The difference in sustainability benefits both the environment and the automaker that does the recycling.
The XE is not the only model whose body shell is made of aluminum, as Jaguar uses the material for the F-Pace as well, and the British brand plans to implement it into more of its models in the future.