Aluminum has the smallest carbon footprint of all automotive materials.

The all-aluminum Tesla Model S produces zero emissions

Lightweighting vehicles with aluminum is one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions. 

  • Aluminum is the most sustainable automotive material in the world.
  • Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, with nearly 75 percent of all aluminum produced since 1888 still in use today.
  • Using aluminum avoids 44 million tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions and saves approximately 108 million barrels of crude oil equivalent of energy annually, when compared with a fleet of steel vehicles.
  • Using aluminum to replace steel saves 20 pounds of CO2 emissions per pound of aluminum over the lifetime of the vehicle.
    Recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less energy than producing primary aluminum.
  • Nearly 90 percent of automotive aluminum is recovered and recycled at the end of the vehicle's life.