Land Rover: Newcomer leaves light tread

Range Rover Evoque. Photo / Supplied
Range Rover Evoque. Photo / Supplied

Land Rover has received certification from Britain's VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency) for a comprehensive "cradle-to-grave" study that analyses the environmental impact of the Evoque.

This is the first time that Land Rover has received VCA approval following a detailed life-cycle study. The assessment was fully audited and approved by the VCA, making Land Rover one of the few vehicle manufacturers to have completed an official study of the environmental impact of a vehicle - from manufacturing, through a lifetime of customer use, to ultimate disposal and recycling.

The report highlights processes that make the Evoque the brand's lightest and most efficient vehicle. These include the use of recycled materials, lightweight components and stop-start technology. The cradle-to-grave study also highlights sustainability measures built into the manufacturing process, such as the installation of the latest generation of fully flexible paint application equipment for Evoque's contrast roof option, thus reducing paint consumption and solvent emissions. In addition, the ventilation systems in body construction have been rationalised, giving a 25 per cent reduction in electricity consumption.

The study will enable Land Rover to identify more opportunities to improve the sustainability of their vehicles and highlights Jaguar Land Rover's progress in reducing the carbon footprint of its products.

"VCA certification for the Range Rover Evoque is a great achievement for Land Rover," says Phil Hodgkinson, director of JLR product development.

"We are fully focused on maintaining our commitment to sustainable engineering and will learn lessons for application in future models. Life-cycle assessment is a core part of our engineering practice and we have launched a new interactive website dedicated to [it] so customers can better understand all of the sustainability attributes that Land Rover offers."

- NZ Herald

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