May 16, 2020

Apple is about to launch an electric vehicle, but is the world ready for the iCar?

Glen White
2 min
Apple could be about to launch an electric vehicle, but is the world ready for an iCar?
The rumour mill is in full force once more, this time surrounding speculation that Apple is about to manufacture an electric car. According to reports t...

The rumour mill is in full force once more, this time surrounding speculation that Apple is about to manufacture an electric car. According to reports the tech behemoth famous for the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, have hired Doug Betts, an automotive industry veteran who was the global head of operations and quality at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from 2007 until late last year.

With a career in the auto manufacturing business since 1997, Betts has also worked at Nissan Motors Manufacturing as senior vice president and Toyota Motors Manufacturing as general manager. With his title now reading a very cryptic "Operations - Apple Inc," we can only think of one reason why Apple would hire Betts – the Apple car is coming.

Back in February, there were reports of several hundred employees working on an Apple-branded electric car at a secret lab in Cupertino.

Since then, there have been more reports, including Apple hiring the head of research and development from Mercedes-Benz's North American R&D lab, as well as a lawsuit filed against the tech giant, poaching A123 staff and Tesla workers for its own car battery projects.

All of this has led to widespread speculation over what Apple may be cooking up next – could the iCar become a reality sooner than we think.

With Betts sitting in Apple's camp, it seems even more likely that Apple is looking to build its own electric car, and not just expanding its Apple CarPlay offering.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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