May 16, 2020

Petrol car sales to be banned in Norway by 2025

Norway
EV cars
Electric Vehicles
Automotive industry
Nell Walker
2 min
Petrol car sales to be banned in Norway by 2025
In its attempt to become the greenest country in the world, the Norwegian government is planning to ban the sale of petrol-powered cars by 2025.

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In its attempt to become the greenest country in the world, the Norwegian government is planning to ban the sale of petrol-powered cars by 2025.

This is according to a report run by newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, and the story has been validated by two of Norway's most prominwnt political parties. It will allow the country to become the global leader in electric vehicles.

According to Dagens Næringsliv (via The Manufacturer), Ola Elvestuan - Director of Energy and Environmental Commitee for the Norwegian Liberal Party - has said: "there will only be sales of zero-emissions vehicles in 2025."

However, in response to this, the Norwegian Government coalition party - the Conservatives - has released a press release stating that the report is misleading. It stated: “The government and its partners agree on a new step on the way towards a low-emission society… but there is no talk of banning the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles in 2025 as one would be led to believe in Dagens Næringsliv.”

Elvestuan went on to state that, while he stands by his assertion that the nation will only sell zero-emissions vehicles in 2025, the methods by which this goal will be achieved are unclear. 

Sales of low and no-emissions cars have increased hugely in Norway, with sales of battery and hybrid vehicles making up for 24 percent of car sales last year. Automotive taxes in the country are high, making EVs an appealing choice. 

The Netherlands is also hoping to ban non-EV car sales by 2025, with India aiming for 2030. 

 

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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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