Fleet Evolution welcomes record high sales of EVs
Fleet Evolution, one of the UK's biggest providers of salary sacrific vehicles, is celebrating record high sales of electric vehicles. Britain's EV market recorded its highest sales figures to date during Q1 of 2016; a total of 10,496 electric cars were sold between January and March this year. That equates to one every 13 minutes.
These figures make Britain second only to the Netherlands in the EU for EV sales, and thanks to new models coming out over the coming year, as well as increased investment by established car manufacturers such as BMW, Volvo, and Tesla, electric vehicles are due to only increase in popularity during the next year.
Andrew Leech, Director of Fleet Evolution, said: "We're all really impressed by the figures. We knew that electric cars were taking off, however such a significant jump in sales was somewhat unprecedented. With more and more technological advancements set to come over the next 12 months, we can all be certain that electric car sales will continue to rise, and we're all in agreement that the reports for the same timeframe next year will highlight a further increase."
Typically a popular time for purchasing a new car due to the new registration, the increase didn't come as that much of surprise. However the figures come hot on the heel that during the same time period, there were 17,000 electric cars sold in the United States - a country that boasts more than five times as many residents.
Extending the Government Plug-in Car Grant, last year the UK committed to making sure all new cars sold by 2040 are 'ultra-low emissions' vehicles.
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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.