Nissan aims to use more recycled materials in new cars – Hartford, CT
Searching for an all-electric Nissan Leaf in Hartford, CT? Although electric cars do not produce any CO2 emissions when they are being driven, there is still typically a significant amount of CO2 emitted during the production of the vehicle. Nissan has been hard at work trying to change that by developing environmentally neutral vehicles that use more recycled materials.
It is estimated the Nissan LEAF has reduced CO2 emissions by around 151,000 tons since its 2010 launch, but Nissan aims to do better. The LEAF chief vehicle engineer Hidetoshi Kadota said that their goal is “to preserve the planet and create a car that is sustainable and eco-friendly.”
About 25 percent of the materials used to produce a Nissan LEAF in Japan come from recycled materials including steel, copper, plastic and aluminum. Other automakers are also trying to use more sustainable materials as well worldwide, even using locally-sourced plant-based materials for anything from fabric to plastics.
Kadota at Nissan said there are customers who are afraid recycled materials will be of an inferior quality, but Nissan has made sure every part is of the same quality as those made from new materials. Nissan is trying to expand their use of recycled materials by working with other companies, as there is a limit to how much Nissan can currently do on its own.