Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new recycling process, which converts plastic waste into a new premium material that could feature on future vehicles.
Working in conjunction with chemical company BASF, Jaguar Land Rover is pioneering a pilot project called ChemCycling that upcycles domestic waste plastic, otherwise destined for landfill or incinerators, into a new high-quality material.
The recycled material is currently being tested as a front-end carrier piece to ensure that it meets safety requirements The process involves transforming waste plastic into pyrolysis oil using a thermochemical process. This secondary raw material is then fed into BASF's production chain as a replacement for fossil resources, ultimately producing a new premium grade that replicates the high quality and performance of 'virgin' plastics. It can be tempered and coloured making it the ideal sustainable solution for designing the next generation dashboards and exterior surfaces in Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Jaguar Land Rover and BASF are currently testing the pilot phase material in a Jaguar I-PACE prototype front-end carrier overmoulding to verify it meets the same stringent safety requirements of the existing original part.
Pending the outcome of the trials and progression in taking chemical recycling to market readiness, adoption of the new premium material would mean Jaguar Land Rover could use domestically derived recycled plastic content throughout its cars without any compromise to quality or safety performance.
Jaguar Land Rover has already met its 2020 target for Zero Waste to Landfill for U.K. operations. This includes the removal of 1.3 million m2 - equal to 187 football pitches - of plastic from its manufacturing lineside and replacing 14 million single use plastic items in business operations.