May 16, 2020

Nissan unveils its debut electric car for the Chinese market

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Sean Galea-Pace
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The Japan-based automaker, Nissan, has begun production on its first electric car in a move which will see the beginning of a number of cheaper electric...

The Japan-based automaker, Nissan, has begun production on its first electric car in a move which will see the beginning of a number of cheaper electric cars created by automakers, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

The car, The Sylphy Zero Emission, based on Nissan’s leaf, is being produced in a joint-venture with Nissan and its Chinese partner, Dongfeng Motor group and is thought to cost 166,000 yuan ($25,850).

It has been confirmed that global companies such as General Motors and Volkswagen are set to unveil plans to bring out a range of different vehicles such as minivans, electric sedans and SUVs into the Chinese market in a bid to cater for all preferences and budgets.

The move has been heavily backed by the Chinese government with the organisation seeing electric cars as an opportunity to clean up its smog-choked cities.

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Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said: “We're confident that the Sylphy Zero Emission rolling off the production line today will become a main player in the EV market.”

“We're going to roll out a range of EVs that will appeal to customers within all market segments.”

Globally, it was found that China made up half of the world’s electric car sales last year with nearly all coming from Chinese-based BYD Auto and BAIC Group

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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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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