Jan 27, 2021

Audi Environmental Foundation fights global river pollution

Audi
everwave
BABOR
Sustainability
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Sustainability, river pollution and waste plastic
Audi Environmental Foundation partners with cosmetics manufacturer BABOR and green start-up everwave combatting worldwide river pollution...

Joining forces to combat global river pollution from plastic waste, Audi Environmental Foundation, cosmetics manufacturer BABOR and green start-up everwave have partnered on a joint initiative for multiple projects in 2021.

“Water is the basis of all life and absolutely worth protecting. Clean bodies of water, seas and rivers must be our shared priority,” commented Rüdiger Recknagel, Managing Director of the Audi Environmental Foundation. 

“We come from different industries and can therefore bring a range of expertise to the joint initiative. In sum, we will all benefit – especially nature,” added Recknagel. 

A breakdown of the joint initiative

The initiative's core focus is to raise awareness about clean water with information campaigns, projects at the sites, and cleanup and plogging events.  

To start the program, everwave’s CollectiX waste collection boat will start to collect waste from the Danube, with BABOR and the Audi Environmental Foundation supporting the efforts.

“Our primary aim, aside from collecting waste, is to make the public aware of the huge scale of the problem and to reach as many people as possible and to inspire them to protect the environment,” continued Recknagel.

Audi Environmental Foundation: supporting a livable future

Since 2009, Audi Environmental Foundation reports that it has been supporting new technologies to develop a livable future and protect the environment.

Audi Environmental Foundation has provided incentives for sustainable actions and promoted awareness of the impacts of human behavior on the environment.

“Protecting the natural basis of life for humans, animals and plants is always at the forefront of its activities,” states Audi Environmental Foundation, who’s first cooperative effort was initiated in 2018 with nonprofit partner CLEAR RIVERS. The partnership aimed to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the oceans and develop innovative litter traps that collect floating marine waste preventing it from reaching the oceans.

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

ElectricVehicles
SmartManufacturing
Sustainability
Technology
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Lion Electric |Smart Manufacturing | Sustainable Manufacturing | Electric Vehicles | Electric School Buses | Electric Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles | Sustainability | Technology | Freight | Transportation
Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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