Jaguar Land Rover round-up: Camouflaged Discovery prototype spotted, cutting carbon emissions and more

Welcome to our regular news round-up relating to all things Jaguar Land Rover. We look at some of the stories about Britain’s biggest car maker, which has its global headquarters in Coventry. It continues to be an extremely challenging time for the car maker as the automotive industry struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As always CoventryLive has been writing about the Whitley-based company, and all of our latest round-up covers stories we have published. August is traditionally a quiet time for car makers with the traditional factory holiday shutdown. CoventryLive’s first story since our last round-up covered research by Jaguar Land Rover which has shown that recycling aluminium from cars, cans and bottle tops could create the vehicles of tomorrow and slash carbon emissions.

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The Coventry car maker has revealed how an innovative upcycling process it has developed could combine drinks cans and bottle tops with aluminium from cars that have reached the end of their lifespan.

Spotting camouflaged prototype vehicles always generates excitement and we had a story this week on one spotted in Coventry.
It might not be an all-new model but the Land Rover Discovery Sport is set to get a midlofe makeover and a camouflaged prototype was sighted locally. Other CoventryLive copverage included the sad news that a worker had been seriously injured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory .

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Elsewhere the UK Government announced the resumption of its UK in JAPAN campaign in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover.

 

Jaguar Land Rover recycling project could cut carbon emissions by a quarter

Research by Jaguar Land Rover has shown that recycling aluminium from cars, cans and bottle tops could create the vehicles of tomorrow and slash carbon emissions.

The Coventry car maker has revealed how an innovative upcycling process it has developed could combine drinks cans and bottle tops with aluminium from cars that have reached the end of their lifespan. The upcycled aluminium produced could create the premium cars of the future and reduce production CO2 emissions by up to 26 per cent. The REALITY aluminium project is a part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission to reduce carbon emissions.

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The emails come out twice a day, at lunchtime and in the evening, with the latest news, what’s on and sport from across Coventry and Warwickshire. Engineers were able to use the recycled aluminium parts and mix it with a lower amount of primary aluminium to form a new and tested prototype alloy, comparable to the existing Jaguar Land Rover grade and quality. Analysis of the recycling and manufacturing process revealed it has the potential to reduce alloy production CO2 emissions by up to 26 per cent compared to the current automotive grade.

You can read the full CoventryLive story here.

 

Camouflaged Land Rover spotted in Coventry city centre

A Land Rover Discovery camouflaged prototype. Image: Darren Vel SatisA Land Rover Discovery camouflaged prototype. Image: Darren Vel Satis

A camouflaged Land Rover prototype has been spotted in Coventry ahead of its unveiling.

The vehicle was spotted at the Quadrant in the city centre by eagle-eyed CoventryLive reader Darren Vel Satis. Although it’s often a guessing game as to what camouflaged prototypes might be – due to their heavy ‘cladding’ – in this case it doesn’t require too much guesswork as the camouflage is minimal.

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The model being tested on public roads is the next generation Land Rover Discovery. The camouflage is light, reflecting the fact that the model is undergoing a midlife makeover rather than being an all-new version.

Nonetheless Jaguar Land Rover is keen to keep the changes under wraps – for the time being at least. You can read the full CoventryLive story here.

 

Worker ‘badly injured’ at Solihull Jaguar Land Rover plant

JLR site in Lode Lane SolihullJLR site in Lode Lane Solihull

A contractor working at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull has been “badly injured” while working. It is thought that he was carrying out pipework and maintenance work when an accident occurred on Thursday, August 13.

The incident is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at this time. According to BirminghamLive, the HSE is “making initial inquiries”. The contractor worked for engineering recruiter Shorterm Group, which confirmed an incident took place with a full probe underway.

A source told BirminghamLive the worker allegedly had his foot run over by another contractor driving a forklift truck. You can read the full CoventryLive report here.

 

Restart of the UK in JAPAN campaign

UK in Japan logo

The Government News website had the following report. “The British Embassy, British Consulate-General and the British Council, in partnership with principal partners Jaguar Land Rover and Standard Chartered Bank are proud to announce the resumption of our ambitious UK in JAPAN campaign.

“The UK in JAPAN 2019-20, a high-profile and ambitious campaign to further strengthen the bilateral relationship and deepen the partnership as forward-looking global leaders was officially announced when Prime Minister Abe visited the UK in January 2019. “The campaign was launched in September 2019 to coincide with the hugely successful Rugby World Cup and featured a series of events and activities to showcase UK excellence in business, innovation, culture, arts and education in order to build closer relationships between the UK and Japan through networking, sharing knowledge and experiences, and collaborations. “The campaign was paused while all delivery partners focused on the global Covid-19 pandemic and their respective responses.

Though the virus response remains a priority, the campaign will resume from September 2020 with much of the activity focusing on how the UK and Japan can recover and rebuild, and how we can support a sustainable global recovery.”

You can read the full story on the Government News website here.

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