Researchers at Loughborough University are helping to shape and recycle the cars of the future.
Experts at its Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Re-use /Recycling Technologies (SMART) have been looking at the cost and design implications of recyclable cars.
With over two million unwanted End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) scrapped in the UK each year, an urgent solution is needed for the problem of discarded car materials and components.
SMART centre director doctor Shahin Rahimifard said: We have to balance the three key issues: to improve the quality of the recycled materials from ELVs, to do this in an environmentally sound way, and to make these activities financially viable.
The software tools we have created here at Loughborough will hopefully not only help the vehicle recovery industry to meet the EU targets but also allow them to expand their operations and maximise their potential financial benefits.
The university is working with car manufacturers and others to meet new European targets that call for 95% of vehicle components to be recycled by 2015.
New regulations place the responsibility for ELVs on manufacturers. This means car makers must design and produce recyclable cars as well as disposing of them when they are no longer needed.