May 16, 2020

MBtech and INEOS Automotive partner to manufacturer Projekt Grenadier

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INEOS Automotive
Germany
Automotive
Sophie Chapman
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INEOS selected MBtech to engineer its SUV 4x4
INEOS Automotive, the British car manufacturing, has signed German engineering company and subsidiary of Mercedes Banz, MBtech to develop its Projekt Gr...

INEOS Automotive, the British car manufacturing, has signed German engineering company and subsidiary of Mercedes Banz, MBtech to develop its Projekt Grenadier SUV.

The new step in engineering the SUV, inspired by land Rover’s Defender model, brings INEO closer to creating its 4x4 vehicle.

The deal will result in 200 engineers working on the project in Stuttgart, in the south west of Germany.

“This deal will bring together German engineering and British design and entrepreneurship to create a truly formidable off roader,” commented CEO of INEOS Automotive, Dirk Heilmann.

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“This agreement represents a great end to many months’ work securing the perfect partner for Projekt Grenadier’s development,” added the Head of Engineering at INEOS Automotive, Alexander Quint.

“We are working to create a very special car and it was essential for us to find the right partner.”

“I believe MBtech’s reputation for quality, reliability and craftsmanship, alongside their long and proud history, make them the right choice.”

“We have a supreme level of confidence in their engineering skills and know we have made the right decision.”

The project is anticipated to begin in Spring this year.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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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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