Bentley Motors: sustainable, recyclable electric motors
In support of its commitment to offer only hybrid or electric vehicles by 2026. Automotive car manufacturers - - has announced plans to conduct a three year research study to revolutionise sustainability of electric motors.
Bentley Motors: RaRE study
Titled RaRE (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines), the study will build on work completed at the University of Birmingham which aimed to devise a method to extract magnets from waste electronics. In addition the project will scale up the process and repurpose the extracted magnetic material into new recyclable magnets.
Not only will the study provide sustainability benefits, the bespoke motors are said to “minimise complexity through manufacture while supporting the development of the UK supply chain for both mass production and low volume components.”
Partners of the project:
- Bentley Motors: leading specification setting and test protocol development, as well as supporting design and manufacturing activities
- Hypromag: scaling the recycling processes, converting the extracted powders to sintered magnets
- Unipart Powertrain Applications Ltd: leading the development of manufacturing scale up routes, ensuring facilities and processes are suitable for volume automotive manufacture
- Advanced Electric Machines Research Ltd: leading the design and development of the motors
- Intelligent Lifecycle Solutions Ltd: pre-processing computer hard disk drives, removing rare earth magnets containing components from the waste which will be shipped to Hypromag
- University of Birmingham: providing cast alloys to blend with secondary materials to produce sintered magnets
“As we accelerate our journey to electrification, offering only hybrid or electric vehicles by 2026, and full electric by 2030, it is important that we focus on every aspect of vehicle sustainability, including sustainable methods of sourcing materials and components. RaRE promises a step-change in electrical recyclability, providing a source of truly bespoke, low voltage motors for a number of different applications and we are confident the results will provide a basis for fully sustainable electric drives,” commented Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering, Bentley Motors.
Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility
Who is Lion Electric?
Founded in 2008, 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.”