New £1.2bn plans will see all McLaren Automotive vehicles 100% hybrid by 2025
The England-based automotive manufacturer, McLaren, has announced that it will launch 18 new cars and produce only 100% hybrid sports cars and supercars by 2025.
The firm confirmed arrangements at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed last Thursday (12 July), The Manufacturer reports.
McLaren will assemble each vehicle in Woking at its McLaren Production Centre and the plans are set to see the company into its fifteenth year as a unit.
This new venture, named Track25, is an updated version of the Track22 plan that was launched in 2016 by McLaren at the Geneva Motor Show.
It will determine a clear progression and way forward for future vehicles, production and technology as well as enabling McLaren to reaffirm its status as one of the leading forces in the supercar market.
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The company aims to be hybrid only within the next seven years and maintains the ambition of launching 100 retail sites during Track25’s lifespan. The figure currently stands at 86.
Track25 will develop a battery system capable of completing 30 minutes around a racetrack on full charge.
Described as “a lighter, superfast-charging, high-power battery system,” McLaren’s customers are expected to benefit from new augmented driving features without unnecessary waiting around at retailers.
The new features will also include improved vehicle tracking, increased cyber protection and over-the-air (OTA) software.
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.