Alchemists labored to turn base metals into gold throughout the dark ages. It was a wonderful notion, but fulfilling their aim would have made the yellow material worthless. Today, metallurgists and chemists are recycling materials to grade “A” purity.
Audi says little old automobile parts, including steel, are utilized in new cars. Recycled steel from destroyed automobiles is likely to be utilized in building rather than body skins, chassis, suspension, or other components.
Audi is a collaborator in the Material Loop project, which investigates the “downcycling” of discarded metals and polymers. The initiative intends to make recycling a circular process that returns the same grade material for automotive reuse. By using less raw material, a car’s environmental impact improves. It improves supply security, not just for
Dismantling 100 ex-development Audis began in October 2022. Steel, aluminum, plastic, and glass were removed from shredded bodies. Audi is already using high-quality recycled components to make new cars, despite the project running until April. The project generated six coils of sheet steel with 12% recycled steel that met virgin steel standards.
Jaguar Land Rover has long used recycled aluminum in its bodyshells. Like Audi, press shops collect and return aluminium waste offcuts to the raw material source. Recycled aluminum is high-quality, but it needs a fraction of pure “seed” aluminum to meet regulations.
Recycling is essential for aluminum automobile energy efficiency. Aluminum makes automobiles lighter, however manufacturing raw aluminium is energy-intensive and the advantages are small. Recycling it is easier, and second and subsequent generations of the material yield the greatest benefits. Audi presses new panels from recyclable aluminum sheet. For over a year, Audi has crushed up broken windows and created replacement plate glass for the Q8 e-tron.
Audi’s Plastic Loop initiative with LyondellBasell recycles plastic for Q8 E-tron seatbelt buckle covers. Shredded scrap parts are chemically recycled into pyrolysis oil for component manufacturing.