BMW in collaboration with Lufthansa Cargo to launch BMW Vision iNEXT World Flight
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The automotive giants, BMW, has announced it is collaborating with Lufthansa Cargo to launch the BMW Vision iNEXT World Flight.
It is anticipated that 300 international media representatives will experience the vision of future mobility that is demonstrated by the BMW Vision iNEXT and will board the Boeing 777F from the Lufthansa Cargo fleet in September.
The two firms have worked together to produce the aircraft and the guests will be shown a preview of BMW’s future as part of an exclusive closed room concept which has been created for the occasion.
The event will see over 7.5km of wiring, 78,000 LEDs in 165 video LED modules as well as ten 13,000 ANSI lumen projects that will light up the Boeing aircraft.
It is thought that approximately 30 tonnes of material will be used to build a suitable platform to show off the BMW Vision iNEXT.
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Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, said: “Visionary products deserve visionary presentations. We are delighted to have made this extraordinary world premiere possible in cooperation with BMW.”
The aircraft will begin its round-the-world flight from Munich Airport in Germany on 9 September before flying to New York, San Francisco and Beijing and finally touching down at its final destination in Frankfurt on 14 September.
Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development, said: “iNEXT is our mobility proposition for the future, so it’s only logical that the BMW Vision iNEXT should be presented to a global audience in a fresh new style.
“The World Flight is a fitting way to get the ball rolling.”
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery 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.