2013 Impact Awards: Auto Evolve

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Auto Evolve

Category: COMMUNITY

A green alternative to removing a polluting vehicle from the normal cycle of auction, resale, minimal repair and return to the road.

The Vision

Recycling up to 98 percent of a vehicle by bringing the proven auto assembly line process to the dismantling process.

Impact Awards article about Auto Evolve LLC

Automobiles are part of a city’s flow. They provide jobs for those who make them, sell them, finance them and repair them. Rarely is there any thought as to the disposal process of our vehicles, says University of Texas at Arlington engineering graduate Julia Holden. Her company, Auto Evolve, is taking the lead in best practices in the flow of materials at the end of the automobile’s usable life, supplying the materials directly back to the end-user market to create new products.

“We’re introducing into the United States an award-winning green technology developed in Europe which recycles up to 98 percent of a vehicle,” Holden said. “We’re bringing the auto assembly line process, which has proven to be efficient, to the dismantling process.”

Auto Evolve impacts a city or suburb by eliminating the typical process of auto dismantling at the outskirts of town in a junk yard. On a local scale it presents a clean vision in recovering the value from a car at its end life. “Most neighbors would view Auto Evolve as a normal industrial setting, normal truck traffic in and out of the parking lots, with most of the production done inside the building,” Holden says.

Auto Evolve will focus on green workforce training programs. “AE focus is on recycling all components, using best environmental practices and finding value in the whole vehicle, not just harvesting used auto parts and metal for recycling,” Holden says. “AE training for future auto mechanics institutes environmental concerns in an industry that has been slow to embrace the changes in the environment.”

Auto Evolve acts as a support industry to recent regulations by providing a green alternative to removing a polluting vehicle from the normal cycle of auction, resale, minimal repair and return to the road. “Border states will benefit because the flow of older vehicles moving south to Mexico and South America moves the pollution further south where there are fewer restrictive policies. Only the wind limits where the pollution ends up,” Holden said.
Gail Bennison

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