We (the royal we) have been asking car companies for electric vehicles and alternatives to gasoline for decades, though rarely in resounding force. Finally though, the message has gotten through. A lot more goes into a car than gas though; the production process is labor and material intensive, and many of the plastics and other materials use large quantities of  hazardous chemicals. That said, cars have a high recycling rate, and many are made from the same metal and other materials that has been in use for decades now.

Which is why a press release from Ford touting the new 2011 Explorer’s high recyclable rate. Sure an 85% recyclable rate is impressive, but the industry-wide average is already 80%. So I ask you; will we ever see 100% recyclable cars?

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