Rolls-Royce to launch a new high-end 4x4
Rolls-Royce is the pinnacle of British manufacturing and despite now being owned by BMW, the company continues to manufacture its luxury vehicles at its factory in Goodwood, UK. The luxury automotive manufacturer employs 1,500 people and is recognised for developing bespoke solutions for its customers.
This week the luxury manufacturer announced a fifth record year of sales. In 2014, it sold 4,063 cars, 12 percent more than in 2013. Furthermore, sales have quadrupled since 2009.
Rolls-Royce’ success is perhaps down to the exclusive nature of the brand. The company says an increasing number of customers are demanding bespoke designs, from custom paint jobs and unusual upholstery to TV screens and drinks cabinets. “You don’t buy a Rolls-Royce, you commission one, like a piece of fine art or a super yacht,” proudly states its website.
Sales growth was partly driven by North America, its largest market, where the new Wraith model has proven extremely popular. Sales rose 40 percent in Europe and 20 percent in the Middle East as well, while the brand is also enjoying some success in emerging markets like Mexico, Azerbaijan and Vietnam.
The company has also been toying with the idea of launching a 4x4 model. CEO Müller-Ötvös said a decision on the plans would be made by the end of 2015, adding, “We will only do it if it is really right; if it is a true Rolls-Royce.”
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.