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Manufacturer partnership to see electric vans built with recycled, low carbon aluminium

Electric vans built with recycled, low-carbon aluminium extrusions are set to become a reality, thanks to a partnership between automotive start-up Watt Electric Vehicle Company (WEVC) and Hydro Extrusions, a specialist in providing innovative and sustainable aluminium solutions.

WEVC’s electric light commercial vehicle – the eCV1 – will enter production in 2025 and will be the first in its category to exclusively use recycled, low-carbon aluminium in its chassis. This will result in a vehicle with an embedded carbon footprint that is 50% lower than the competition, the company reports.

“Hydro partners with innovative, forward-leaning companies to help them achieve their goals. In addition to the functional aspects of the extrusions we will deliver to WEVC, the parts will reduce the embedded carbon footprint of the vehicle significantly, thanks to the recycled, low-carbon aluminium we can deliver from our plant in Tibshelf, UK,” says Paul Warton, Executive Vice President of Hydro Extrusions.

Together, the companies are planning to explore other opportunities to minimise environmental footprint, such as closed-loop recycling during manufacturing and end-of-vehicle life recycling.

“It is fantastic to see companies such as Hydro Extrusions and WEVC take the lead in developing innovative and sustainable solutions,” says Denise Beedell, Senior Policy Manager at Logistics UK.

“Partnerships such as this are vital to enable the industry to move at pace towards our net zero future,” adds Beedell.


Published On: 23/11/2023 16:00:00


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