DeLorean returns with the rebirth of the iconic DMC-12
The American DeL...
The famous DeLorean DMC-12 – made iconic by the Back to The Future franchise – is to be recreated in a limited run of 300.
The American DeLorean Motor Company produced around 9,000 of the sports car in its short lifetime, prior to the company declaring bankruptcy in 1982. Only 6,500 are believed to still exist.
Love for the car made at least a partial comeback when, in 1995, British mechanic Stephen Wynne began refurbishing DMC-12’s in Texas and selling them on.
The car was notoriously mediocre to drive and own, and its charm appeared to lie entirely with its nostalgic value, but now Wynne – whose own company now bears the DeLorean Motor Company name – is manufacturing small numbers of the car.
Wynne intends to keep the design the same, but will alter how the car runs as and when relevant issues emerge. The first prototype is expected to be ready by early 2017, and the vehicles may cost as much as $100,000 depending on the choice of engine Wynne decides upon.
This venture has been made possible by the passing of The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, introduced in the US last summer, which allows small companies to produce and sell working replicas of classic cars without the need for expensive safety and emissions tests. Large vehicle manufacturers must follow such rules, but their prohibitive cost is no longer an issue for minor businesses thanks to the act.
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.