Published on May 12th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Jaguar Land Rover Adopts ‘Whole Lifecycle’ Approach
The company’s 8,000 designers and engineers take a ‘whole lifecycle’ approach to vehicle development, aiming to reduce impact on the environment right through from raw materials to eventual vehicle disposal. These measures have already helped significantly reduce Co2 emissions, with the company’s EU fleet average on track to be 25% lower in 2015 than 2007.
The company’s 8,000 designers and engineers take a ‘whole lifecycle’ approach to vehicle development.
JLR has become something of a world leader in the design and manufacture of aluminium-intensive vehicles, pioneering the use of closed-loop processes to drive recycled content and reduce environmental impacts across the lifecycle. Benefits include weight saving; higher fuel efficiency; lower emissions; improved crash safety, and even better vehicle dynamics.
The latest generation Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, for example, are each up to 420kg lighter than equivalent predecessors.
Now, a new family of highly efficient, ultra-low emission, aluminium four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, named Ingenium, has been developed to power new and future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
The engines have recently entered production at the company’s brand new £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton, which was opened in October 2014 by HM The Queen.
JLR says its approach helps contribute to social, economic and leadership dimensions of sustainable development.
The all-new Jaguar XE mid-sized sports saloon demonstrates JLR’s uses of advanced technologies to create a vehicle that leads its sector. The XE can reportedly achieve fuel economy figures of 75 mpg and Co2 emissions down to 99g/km.
Hybrid technology is another area that has seen significant investment by the business in recent years. The Range Rover Hybrid and the Range Rover Sport Hybrid are now both available, using an advanced hybrid system and without compromise to their renowned all-terrain capabilities.
JLR has also significantly reduced its operational energy, waste and water usage at its UK manufacturing plants. The new Engine Manufacturing Centre has been designed and built with strong emphasis on sustainability, including the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel installation, which will generate up to 30% of the site’s energy.