Audi to Test Recycled Glass for Q4 E-Tron EV

Audi has launched a project to recycle damaged vehicle windows and use them on the Q4 e-tron series electric vehicles (EV).

Together with its partner companies – Reiling Glas Recycling, Saint-Gobain Glass, and Saint-Gobain Sekurit – Audi has drawn up a multi-stage process for that purpose. The car windows are first broken into small pieces, then non-glass impurities like glue residue are eliminated. The resulting glass granulate is melted down and turned into new plate glass. That plate glass is then turned into a new car window.

If this pilot project is successful, Audi says the windows that are produced this way will be used in models in the Audi Q4 e-tron series in the future.

The plan is part of Audi’s circular economy strategy with the company looking at its products over their entire life cycle. To the greatest extent possible, the company says, the raw materials that are involved are to be reintroduced into the production process once they are no longer being used. Aluminium scraps from Audi’s press shop have been introduced into a similar closed circuit since 2017.

“Our goal is to use secondary materials everywhere it is technically possible and economically reasonable to do so. We’re working on introducing materials we have direct access to into closed circuits,” says Marco Philippi, Head of Procurement Strategy. “As of now, for example, old car glazing is not being used to produce new car windows. We want to change that.”

The project will go through a one-year test to determine material quality, stability, and costs.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (May 2022) 

13 May 2022

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