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...i know that lotus did some environmental lifecycle studies when working on the eco elise, but i don't know how comprehensively they followed all the material chains...steel's largely recycled and recyclable, too - excepting loss to oxidation i don't know that an aluminum chassis offers much advantage over steel, and certainly a glass fiber composite body loses out to conventional steel unibody construction in terms of recyclability...

...of course the best lifecycle is one which keeps the cars on the road, and i think that today lotus wins over most mass manufacturers in that regard due to collectibility if nothing else...
 
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