Gulfstream to unveil new top-secret high-end business jet
Gulfstream Aerospace is due to unveil a new business jet – code-named P42 - which until today has been swathed in secrecy.
Gulfstream has become a master of building high-end business jets in secret, unveiling its flagship G650 and the smaller G280 well after it started manufacturing the first planes. The approach has helped it become the global market leader by revenue.
Keeping the development of new airplanes secret is no easy task, due to the fact they often require complex supply chains and the industry attracts intense regulatory oversight.
Historically, Gulfstream has kept a tight circle of suppliers that have worked on each new program and kept the flow of information scarce. Analysts believe that much of the technology inside P42 was pioneered on the G650, which was introduced in 2012 and can fly up to 18 passengers or travel 7,000 nautical miles - the longest range for any business jet currently in service. The rumor mill is working overtime, citing a launch today.
According to reports, Gulfstream’s new jet has been developed from scratch to eventually replace its best-selling G550 model. It is reported that a new engine made by Pratt & Whitney Canada will power the new family of jets.
The P42 is expected to be a long range, large cabin business jet and is purpose built for the globe-hopping ultra wealthy. Convertible sleeping berths, kitchens, onboard showers, satellite Wi-Fi Internet and the ability to fly nonstop for up to 15 hours are said to be just some of its defining features.
Few details about the new jet are known outside of Gulfstream, and exactly what the jet will be called remains unknown. The company has trademarked dozens of possible “G” permutations.
The new Gulfstream is expected to be unveiled at its Savannah plant.
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.