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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Battery recycling startup Cylib raises €55 million in series-A funding round
    Germany-based battery recycling startup Cylib has secured €55 million in a series-A funding round, the company announced on May 15. Co-led by the leading European climate tech VC World Fund and Porsche Ventures, the venture arm of sports car manufacturer Porsche AG, Cylib’s series-A funding round was joined by Bosch Ventures, DeepTech and Climate Fonds, NRW.Venture, along with the existing investors namely Vsquared Ventures, Speedinvest, 10x Founders, and other established business angels...
    UK’s Altilium makes new advancements in recycling of LFP, NMC batteries
    UK-based battery-recycling company Altilium has made new advancements in its innovative EcoCathode hydrometallurgical recycling technology, with breakthroughs in the recovery of lithium from new battery chemistries and the production of cathode active materials (CAM) from a mixed feed of lithium scrap, the company announced May 10. With the growing demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, the company is developing a domestic, sustainable source of battery raw materials for the UK, redu...
    Ascend Elements, Call2Recycle sign agreement to launch battery management, recycling services
    Ascend Elements and Call2Recycle have signed an agreement to introduce customized electric vehicle battery management, logistics and recycling services to automotive dealerships, recyclers and repair facilities, Ascend Elements announced May 7. The program combines the EV battery-recycling infrastructure and advanced technologies of Ascend Elements with the collection, logistics and tracking capabilities of Call2Recycle. It aims to offer online access to GreenTraxEV, the all-in-one cloud...
    German Ministry rejects lithium producer Rock Tech’s funding application
    Lithium producer Rock Tech’s grant funding application has been rejected by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics, according to a news report published by the German newspaper Handlesblatt on May 7. The company was seeking federal funding under the ministry’s Resilience and Sustainability of the Battery Cell Production Ecosystem guidelines for its project in Guben, Brandenburg. Notably, these funding guidelines were launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2023 as part ...
    Nissan partners UK’s Ecobat to establish circular economy for EV batteries
    Nissan and Ecobat Solutions UK Ltd. have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at establishing a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries in the UK, Ecobat said in a note on April 30. The two companies are working together to investigate how EV batteries from Nissan Leaf cars that are no longer on the road can be located within the UK salvage network and then be safely recovered, repaired, recycled or repurposed to create a sustainable circular energy economy. Having launc...
    Japan, Europe to share critical information on battery supply chain to counter mainland China
    Japan and Europe have agreed to cooperate in establishing a circular economy for critical materials that are used in producing batteries. According to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on April 22, Japan's Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, plans to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with European counterparts on information sharing and mutual certification. The partnership between the two regions will focus on sharing ...
    Covestro joins hands with original equipment manufacturers and suppliers to develop closed-loop plastics recycling system for end-of-life vehicles
    With an increase global focus on sustainability and stringent regulatory requirements, the automotive industry is realizing the necessity of plastic recycling for sustainable development. Responding to this changing dynamics, German supplier, Covestro has announced joining hands with the automotive value chain, and is spearheading the concept of car-to-car closed-loop plastics recycling, which is emerging as a promising solution to tackle the challenges of plastic waste ...
    Tozero ships first batch of recycled lithium from used batteries
    Tozero GmbH, a Munich-based battery material recycling startup, has shipped recycled lithium derived from battery waste using its proprietary hydrometallurgy process to its customers in Europe, the company announced on April 23. The development marks a significant breakthrough for the startup as the shipment is its first commercial delivery. Launched in July 2023, Tozero operates from a pilot plant based in Munich. The company claims that its cutting-edge hydrometallurgy process maximizes ...
    Volvo Cars signs battery recycling partnership with CATL in mainland China
    Volvo Cars has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the world’s largest battery-maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) to focus on electric vehicle battery recycling, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on April 18. Citing the automaker, the report mentioned that the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and CATL aims to promote the recycling of battery materials and reduce the carbon footprint of EVs throughout their life cycle. It is known that b...
    BASF commences operations at prototype metal refinery for battery recycling in Germany
    BASF, a leading supplier of battery materials, has commenced operations at its prototype metal refinery for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany, the company announced April 16. The state-of-the-art plant allows for the development of operational procedures and the optimization of innovative battery recycling technology, processing end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and battery production scrap, it said, adding that the plant will facilitate optimal recovery of critical metals such as li...
    Green Li-ion launches commercial-scale battery material recycling plant in the US
    Green Li-ion, a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling technology company, has launched its first commercial-scale installation to produce sustainable, battery-grade materials, the first of its kind in North America, the company said April 11. The new plant, which is located within an existing recycling facility, is slated to produce valuable battery-grade cathode and anode materials from concentrated components of spent batteries using Green Li-ion’s patented multicathode-producing Green-h...
    Ascend Elements, Elemental Strategic Metals establish joint venture on EV battery recycling in Poland
    Ascend Elements and Elemental Strategic Metals plan to set up a battery recycling joint venture based in Zawiercie, Poland, the two companies announced on April 9. The equal joint venture, which will be named AE Elemental, will operate a state-of-the-art EV battery recycling facility where EV batteries will be disassembled, discharged and shredded to produce black mass. This mass will then be used to make new engineered EV battery materials, including cathode active material (CAM) and cathode...
    Denso, partners join Japanese project to increase recycled content in vehicles
    DENSO and a select few Japanese companies have been selected by an industry-government-academia collaborative project to expand the recycled content in automobiles, according to a press release dated April 9. The project, titled "Demonstration of Manufacturing-and-Recycling Integrated Process for Horizontal Cycle Enabled by Automated Sophisticated Dismantling of ELVs," aims to develop a new method for processing end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) that can significantly expand the use of recycled materi...
    Forvia outlines roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2045
    Forvia outlined its roadmap to carbon neutrality at its second Sustainability Day in Paris, according to a company press statement dated March 21. The company aims to achieve its goal by 2045, with intermediate milestones set for 2025 and 2030. Forvia has been committed to a decarbonization trajectory since 2019 and has been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as the first group in the automotive sector to obtain this certification. To achieve these objectives, Forvi...
    Altilium partners Talga Group to focus on recovering graphite from old EV batteries
    UK-based battery recycling startup Altilium has partnered with Australian battery materials company Talga Group to jointly work on recovering graphite from old electric vehicle batteries for reuse in the production of new battery anodes, Altilium announced March 28. The strategic partnership between the two companies aims to establish a circular economy for graphite and reduce the UK’s reliance on imported raw materials. “The collaboration marks a significant step towards securing a su...
    Renault Group showcases circular economy progress at ChangeNow Summit
    Renault Group and its subsidiary The Future Is NEUTRAL will showcase their progress in the circular economy at the ChangeNow Summit from March 25-27 in Paris. The Future Is NEUTRAL is launching a new remanufacturing activity for electric parts, offering customers a range of quality reconditioned products at lower prices and reduced environmental impact. The company will also present its after-sales offer for electric vehicles, including reconditioned electric motors, power electronics, and tr...
    Tata Motors opens fifth Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility near Delhi, India
    Tata Motors, India's leading automobile manufacturer, has inaugurated its fifth Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) near Delhi, India. The state-of-the-art facility, named Re.Wi.Re — Recycle with Respect, has an annual capacity to scrap 18,000 end-of-life vehicles using environmentally friendly processes. The facility was developed in partnership with Johar Motors and is equipped with dedicated cell-type and line-type dismantling for commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles,...
    SQM Lithium Ventures increases its investment in UK-based startup Altilium by $9.43 million
    SQM Lithium Ventures made another follow-on investment of $9.43 million in UK-based, battery-recycling startup Altilium, bringing its total investment in the company to $12 million, Altilium announced Feb. 21. The startup said that SQM Lithium’s second tranche of investment completes its Series A funding round, which saw Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) as the largest investor. Notably, SQM Lithium Ventures is the corporate venture arm of the lithium business of SQM, one of the ...
    Li-Cycle raises $75 million in fresh investment from Glencore
    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., a leading global lithium-ion battery recycling company, has raised $75 million from Glencore, a leading supplier of critical battery materials. In a press note issued on March 12, Li-Cycle announced that it has entered into an agreement to issue a senior secured convertible note in an aggregate principal amount of $75 million to an affiliate of Glencore PLC. As previously announced, Glencore has designated Li-Cycle as one of its preferred recycling partners, and Li-Cy...
    Bewi boosts expanded polystyrene recycled content, cuts CO2 emissions by 16%
    Bewi Automotive, a leading supplier of engineering plastics, has announced an improvement in the recycled content of its expanded polystyrene (EPP) components from 25% to 30%. This change results in a 16% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the use of conventional materials. According to Fredrik Johansson, operations director of Bewi, this improvement demonstrates the company's commitment to offering products with lower carbon footprints, helping customers achieve their climate reduct...
    24M introduces direct-material recycling process for SemiSolid lithium-ion batteries
    24M has unveiled Liforever, a direct-material recycling process for SemiSolid lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in electric vehicles, according to a company press release dated March 4. Liforever reduces the environmental impact of Li-ion batteries by making the recovery and reuse of battery materials such as lithium iron phosphate efficient and cost-effective, both in process and at end of life.  Conventional Li-ion cells use expensive and toxic pyrometallurgical and hydrometallu...
    Fortum Battery Recycling teams up with Hydrovolt on recovering critical metals from used batteries
    Fortum Battery Recycling and Hydrovolt have signed an agreement focused on recovering critical metals from battery-recycling operations, Fortum said in a press note on Feb. 29. The agreement entails delivery of black mass by Hydrovolt to Fortum’s battery-material recycling plant in Finland. According to the note, the scope of the collaboration includes a cross-Nordic process, where Hydrovolt will mechanically recycle electric vehicle batteries at its first industrial plant in Fredrikstad...
    Constellium launches 'Close the Loop' initiative to develop aluminum recycling technologies for greener vehicles
    Constellium SE, a leading supplier of rolled and extruded aluminum solutions for the global automotive market, has announced a new research and development initiative called "Close the Loop" in partnership with a network of recycling companies in France. The project, funded in part by the French Environmental Agency ADEME, aims to develop technologies to dismantle, sort and remelt wrought aluminum from end-of-life vehicles to be used in future vehicles. The project will assess various options...
    Volkswagen Group UK signs agreement with Ecobat on EV battery recycling
    Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd. (VWG UK) has signed an agreement with Ecobat, a leading battery-recycling company, to collect and recycle electric vehicle batteries, the carmaker announced Feb. 27. The deal is expected to help VWG UK close the loop with battery recycling to promote a circular energy economy. Notably, Ecobat has a long-standing relationship with VWG UK dating back to 2014 when it started collecting lead-acid batteries for TPS, part of VWG UK, which provides genuine com...
    Morrow, Stena Recycling partner to set up circular battery supply chain
    Morrow Batteries and Stena Recycling have signed an agreement where the battery-production scrap from the Morrow Cell Factory in Arendal, Norway, will be supplied to Stena Recycling's new facility for battery recycling in Halmstad, Sweden, Morrow announced Feb. 27. “The goal is to build a complete circular battery value chain using recycled material in new battery cell production,” Morrow said in a statement. According to the press note, the two companies have agreed that for the next ...
    Michelin, Enviro and Antin finalize investment plan for first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden, creating 40 green jobs
    Majority shareholder Antin, minority shareholder Michelin and Enviro, which has the option to become a significant minority shareholder, have finalized a shared investment plan for the construction of the first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Uddevalla, Sweden. The plant will be based on Enviro's unique pyrolysis technology and will have the capacity to recycle approximately 35,000 metric tons of used tires annually, creating up to 40 green jobs in the local community. The joint venture h...
    Li-Cycle’s German unit receives approval for €6.4 million in grants from the state of Saxony-Anhalt
    Li-Cycle Germany GmbH, a subsidiary of Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., a leading global lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery-recycling company, has received approval from the German state of Saxony-Anhalt for a grant of up to €6.4 million for its Li-ion battery-spoke recycling facility, the company announced Feb. 7. The said grant will be given to Li-Cycle for its battery-spoke recycling facility, which is located in Sülzetal, Saxony-Anhalt, in Germany, under the state government’s Improvi...
    SQM Lithium Ventures invests $9.43 million in UK’s battery-recycling startup Altilium
    SQM Lithium Ventures has made an additional investment of $9.43 million in the UK-based electric vehicle battery-recycling startup Altilium, raising its total investment in the company to $12 million, Altilium announced Feb. 21. The investment completes Altilium’s Series-A funding round and marks the largest investment to date for SQM Lithium Ventures, which is the corporate venture arm of the lithium business of Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). Notably, SQM is one of the world...
    Altilium partners Synetiq to establish closed-loop EV battery supply chain in the UK
    UK-based battery-recycling startup Altilium has partnered with Synetiq, the UK’s leading vehicle dismantling and recycling specialist, to jointly work on recycling the growing number of electric vehicle batteries from cars that have been written off, closing the loop on the UK battery supply chain, Altilium announced Feb. 14. Notably, Synetiq processes thousands of cars each year and currently has an inventory of damaged EVs across its UK facilities. According to the press note, the company...
    Cirba Solutions, EcoPro sign MOU to jointly work on closed-loop circular economy for EV batteries
    Cirba Solutions and EcoPro Co. Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly work on scaling up the lithium-ion battery recycling business, Cirba announced on Feb. 1. According to the press note, this strategic alliance brings together key leaders in the market focused on a circular battery supply chain. Under the collaboration, EcoPro plans to leverage Cirba Solutions' recycled materials to produce precursor cathode active materials (PCAM) and cathode active materials (CAM)....
    Einride and Mars partner to deploy digitalized autonomous fleet in Europe
    According to a press release on Jan. 24, Einride, a freight mobility company, has announced that it is partnering with Mars Inc. to deploy a fleet of digitally optimized electric heavy-duty trucks across Mars’ network by 2030. It is estimated that the European operations will save 20,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent each year by 2030, accounting for roughly a 10% reduction in Mars Europe’s road transport greenhouse gas emissions. “This sets a precedent for other players in the freig...
    Iveco Group partners BASF on EV battery recycling
    Iveco Group has selected BASF, a leading chemical company and one of the largest chemical suppliers for the automotive industry, as its first partner to provide a recycling solution for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in electric vehicles, BASF announced Jan. 23. The decision is part of Iveco Group’s circular economy strategy, which follows the 4R Framework — Repair, Refurbish, Repurpose and Recycling — to increase the lifetime of the batteries while decreasing their overall environ...
    Northvolt raises $5 billion to expand operations at gigafactory in Sweden
    Swedish battery-maker Northvolt announced Jan. 16 that it has signed a $5 billion non-recourse project financing to enable the expansion of its gigafactory (Northvolt Ett) located in northern Sweden. The company said that the deal is the largest green loan raised in Europe so far. Disclosing more details, Northvolt said that in addition to the expansion of its cathode production and cell manufacturing, the finance package will enable the expansion of the adjacent recycling plant, Revolt Et...
    Kirchhoff Automotive partners with H2 Green Steel to secure sustainable steel
    Global supplier to the automotive industry, Kirchhoff Automotive, has signed a seven-year agreement with H2 Green Steel for the delivery of near-zero emissions steel from Boden, Sweden. By collaborating and teaming up with the Swedish impact company H2 Green Steel, Kirchhoff Automotive takes further steps to decarbonize its supply chain and achieve its sustainability goals. The order from Kirchhoff Automotive will see deliveries of green steel from H2 Green Steel's Boden plant ...
    Volvo Cars reconfirms its commitment to sustainability with new ambitions and a focus on biodiversity
    Automaker Volvo Cars said in a press release on Jan. 12 that it is expanding its sustainability strategy, setting new ambitious goals for 2030 and 2040. The company is also boosting its focus on biodiversity, and by 2025, the company aims to have 100% of its debt linked to its Green Financing Framework or in a sustainability-linked format. The company’s new sustainability ambitions for 2030 are as follows: Reduce its CO2 emissions per car by 75% (compared to 2018 levels). Reduc...
    BASF, Stena Recycling partner on recycling of EV batteries in Europe
    Leading German materials company BASF and Stena Recycling, one of Europe’s leading recycling companies, have entered into a black mass purchase agreement with the goal of setting up a battery recycling value chain for the European electric vehicle battery market, BASF announced Jan. 9. BASF said that the focus of the cooperation will be on developing improved black mass production processes to achieve high recovery rates for metals such as lithium, nickel and cobalt to support closed-l...
    Looming EV raw materials supply crunch has OEMs eyeing battery recycling and production scrap
    The expected increase in global EV sales by the end of the decade will put huge pressure on the supply chain for critical battery raw materials such as cobalt, nickel and lithium. For example, despite a current surplus in lithium, demand projections for the mineral will likely be in deficit by 2027, according to a forecast by S&P Global Market Intelligence. That will create a bottleneck for automotive supply and drive the industry’s focus toward battery recycling to keep EV battery costs d...
    VinFast, Marubeni partner to repurpose EV batteries
    Vietnamese EV maker VinFast and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities in the secondary use of EV batteries and the potential to establish a circular economy model, VinFast announced on December 18. The MOU announcement between VinFast and Marubeni took place in the presence of the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh, during The Vietnam – Japan Economic Forum and The Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of...
    Renault to establish system for responsible ELV management under the France's AGEC
    Renault Group, a leading automaker, on Dec. 15 announced its intention to establish an Individual System for the responsible management of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) from its brands, including Renault, Dacia and Alpine. This move comes as part of France's Anti-Waste and Circular Economy Act (AGEC), which aims to improve the collection and recycling of ELVs across the country. Renault Group has been a pioneer in the circular economy for cars, with over 10 years of experience in eco-design, th...
    Stellantis, Valeo partner on circular economy-friendly windshield camera remanufacturing
    Stellantis and Valeo have partnered to launch the first windshield-mounted automotive video camera remanufactured by Valeo at its Circular Electronics Lab in Nevers, France, according to a company press release on Dec. 15. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in their commitment to the circular economy and sustainability. The remanufactured camera offers the same two-year warranty and performance as new parts while saving up to 99% of natural resources compared with new ones. Valeo i...
    Next.e.GO Mobile, Cylib to cooperate on developing recycling processes for EV batteries
    Aachen, Germany-based companies Next.e.GO Mobile SE and Cylib have signed a strategic agreement to develop and enhance the battery-recycling process and enable the recovery of all raw materials, the electric-vehicle maker announced Dec. 14. Next.e.GO Mobile said that it has already provided Cylib with the first set of batteries to begin work on recycling processes. The said recycling process has been developed through extensive research at RWTH Aachen University. According to the...
    Toyota collaborates with Cirba Solutions on EV battery recycling ecosystem in North America
    Toyota Motor North America plans to collaborate with Cirba Solutions to set up a closed-loop battery ecosystem and expand its electric vehicle battery-recycling network in the region, the carmaker announced Dec. 7. The company said that the new agreement consolidates Toyota and Cirba’s growing relationship by expanding the former’s battery-recycling network and optimizing its logistics network for end-of-life EV battery collection, including those from hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)...
    Autoneum updates on its lightweight Propylat technology to reduce interior and exterior noise
    Autoneum has issued an update about its sustainable and lightweight technology called Propylat, which reduces both interior and exterior noise of vehicles, according to a press release dated Dec. 7. Propylat was originally developed by Borgers Automotive before being acquired by Autoneum in April. The technology is made up of a flexible material composition of natural and synthetic fibers with a high recycled content, allowing for significant waste reduction through its complete vertical...
    Renault’s The Future Is Neutral unit expands circular economy value chain
    The Future Is Neutral, a subsidiary of Renault Group, is expanding its portfolio of directly owned activities by integrating the remanufacturing activities of Flins Refactory, it said in a press release on Dec. 5. With this integration, The Future Is Neutral is looking to become the leader in automotive circular economy. The Future Is Neutral will invest heavily in the development of the remanufacturing activities, doubling investments and recruiting 30 employees to achieve an ambit...
    Dayco updates on R&D project for recyclable rubber in auto industry
    Dayco has successfully passed the preliminary phase of the Automotive Innovation Agreements program by the Ministry of Industries and Made in Italy (MIMIT), it said in a press release dated Nov. 28. The company submitted a research and development (R&D) project titled The Circular Economy in the Rubber Industry, which focuses on the reduction of the environmental impact of its products by reusing devulcanized rubber in the design and production process. The project, which will las...
    Tata Motors unveils state-of-the-art vehicle disassembly facility for sustainable end-of-life vehicle management
    Staying focused with a commitment toward sustainable mobility, Tata Motors, India’s leading automobile manufacturer, on Nov. 28 announced the launch of its fourth Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) in Chandigarh, India, named “Re.Wi.Re — Recycle with Respect.” The state-of-the-art facility can disassemble 12,000 end-of-life vehicles safely and sustainably per year. The facility was unveiled by Shailesh Chandra, managing director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Pas...
    Stellantis opens all-new recycling hub in Turin, Italy
    Stellantis NV has officially opened its SUSTAINera Circular Economy Hub (CE Hub) at the Mirafiori Complex in Turin, Italy, the vehicle manufacturer announced Nov. 23. The new facility was inaugurated by John Elkann, chairman of Stellantis, and Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, among other senior company executives last week. Stellantis said that the new recycling facility, which is spread across an area of 73,000 square meters, is set up with an investment of €40 million. The carmaker said...
    Etas and Infineon receive NIST CAVP certification for Escrypt CycurHSM implemented on Aurix microcontrollers
    Etas GmbH, a provider of software-defined vehicles (SDV), and Infineon Technologies have successfully certified their cryptographic algorithm suite. The certificate was validated under the Cryptographic Algorithm Verification Program (CAVP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and granted for Escrypt CycurHSM. This automotive embedded security software stack is implemented on Infineon’s second-generation Aurix TC3xx hardware security module (HSM), based on Infinieo...
    Stellantis launches circular economy hub in Turin, Italy
    Stellantis has launched its first Circular Economy Hub in Turin, Italy. The hub is part of the company's Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, which aims to become a carbon net-zero corporation by 2038. The hub is located at the Mirafiori Complex and has an investment of €40 million. It occupies a total area of 73,000 square meters, with 55,000 square meters being reclaimed from a partially unused facility. The hub will employ around 170 people initially, with a projected increase to 550 by 2025, ...
    Materi'act opens new research and development center to develop materials in Villeurbanne, France
    Materi'act, a company of the Forvia Group, inaugurated its headquarters and research and development (R&D) center in Villeurbanne, France, on Nov. 1. Forvia, a French automotive company, has become the first in the industry to have its net-zero emission roadmap approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company aims to reach net-zero emissions across all scopes by 2045. As part of this effort, Materi'act, a subsidiary of Forvia, is accelerating the development, production&n...
    Nokian Tyres joins Polestar 0 project, aims to create climate-neutral car by 2030
    Nokian Tyres has joined the Polestar 0 project that aims to create a climate-neutral car by 2030. Electric vehicle manufacturer Polestar’s project targets to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions stemming from the production and end-of-life of the car. Nokian Tyres contributed to the project by developing climate-neutral premium tires, according to a press release on Nov. 15. The target of the Polestar 0 project is that throughout the car’s supply chain, manufacturing processes and ...
    Thyssenkrupp Materials Services and Novelis to develop Automotive Circularity Platform
    Thyssenkrupp Materials Services is focused on sustainability and has launched several initiatives to help customers reduce their carbon footprint, according to its press release dated Oct. 31. In addition, Thyssenkrupp Materials Services and Novelis are developing the Automotive Circularity Platform (ACP), a digital marketplace that aims to increase car recycling rates and reduce emissions. Thyssenkrupp Materials Services has unveiled the Emission Proof service, which provides independently v...
    Jabil acquires Retronix to bolster electronic component recycling capabilities
    Jabil Inc., a global leader in design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions, has successfully acquired Retronix, an innovative provider of electronic component reclamation and refurbishment services, according to a press release dated Nov. 6. The acquisition, which was completed in early 2023, adds exclusive technologies to Jabil's portfolio while maintaining security, quality and certification standards. Retronix, with 30 years of experience in component recovery, rebelling, retinning an...
    Borealis acquires Rialti to expand mechanically recycled plastic compounding capacity
    Borealis has acquired Rialti, an Italian polypropylene (PP) compounder of recyclates, it said in a press release dated Nov. 2. The acquisition enhances Borealis' portfolio of PP compounds based on mechanical recyclates by 50,000 metric tons per year, strengthening its ability to meet customer demand for sustainable, high-performance solutions. The acquisition will strengthen Borealis' specialty and circular portfolios. Rialti uses its annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons to make injection mo...
    Kia partners Infinitev to recycle EV batteries in Australia
    South Korean carmaker Kia Corp.’s Australian subsidiary, Kia Australia, has partnered with battery-replacement company Infinitev on electric vehicle battery recycling in Australia, according to a news report published by The Driven on Oct. 27. The report said that once an EV battery comes in for checking, Infinitev would check the EV battery to ensure there are no potential fire risks, as well as assess the performance of the battery pack to then split it into three categories. A-grade m...
    Antolin's mycelium-based materials reduce auto parts' environmental impact
    Antolin, a global provider of technological solutions for car interiors, has developed a pioneering project that utilizes mycelium-based natural materials to reduce the environmental impact of vehicle components, a company press release said Oct. 31. Mycelium, the vegetative part of fungi, is bound with vegetable residues to create a structural material for producing automotive components. This sustainable production process is carbon neutral, as the material development occurs organical...
    Battery-recycling startup Circu Li-ion raises €8.5 million in seed funding
    German battery-recycling startup Circu Li-ion has raised €8.5 million in its seed financing round, the company announced October 24. The funding includes €4.5 million in equity, which was led by BonVenture, and saw additional support from an undisclosed group of battery, AI and industry experts, as well as a significant participation of the company’s management team, Circu Li-ion said in a press statement on October 24. It further added that the equity investment is complemented by ...
    Stellantis, Orano sign memorandum of understanding to set up a JV for battery recycling
    European-American carmaker Stellantis NV and Orano have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture focused on recycling end-of-life electric vehicle batteries and scrap from gigafactories in enlarged Europe and North America, Stellantis announced October 24. The collaboration with Orano is aimed at strengthening Stellantis’ position in the EV battery value chain by securing additional access to cobalt, nickel and lithium necessary for electrification and energy ...
    Trinseo updates on Revolution project for recycling and circular economy
    Trinseo has issued an update on the Revolution project, according to a press release dated October 24. Trinseo collects and recycles a large volume of specific technical scraps, including polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). The company is involved in the mechanical recycling and chemical processing of these materials, with a focus on PMMA waste collection and recycling. The EU established the Revolution project to cut down on transport-related greenhouse gas emissions and Trisneo is leading the e...
    Sweden’s Chalmers University develops an innovative method to recycle used EV batteries
    Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have innovated a new and efficient way to recycle critical metals from used electric vehicle batteries, according to a press note released by the university on October 17. According to the note, the innovative methodology allows recovery of 100% of the aluminum and 98% of the lithium in EV batteries. At the same time, the loss of valuable raw materials such as nickel, cobalt and manganese is also minimized. Interestingly, the re...
    UK’s Recyclus receives license to process 22,000 metric tons of lithium-ion batteries
    Recyclus Group, a leading battery recycling player in the UK, announced October 12 that it has received a license to process 22,000 metric tons of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries each year. It estimates that this capacity would be equivalent to more than 48,000 electric vehicle batteries. The recycling operations will be carried out at the company’s LiBatt facility in Wolverhampton, UK. While the company has set a target of recycling up to 8,300 metric tons in its first year, it said that...
    Spain approves €87 million in state aid for seven EV battery projects
    Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has approved a new round of aid for electric vehicle battery production projects, according to a press note released by the ministry on October 11. It said that seven new proposals representing €87 million are provisionally authorized, wherein the aid is approved for projects that belong to Stellantis, Mobis, Fragnor and Lithium Iberia. Notably, Stellantis has four approved projects. In addition, the final resolution is approved for Be...
    Rosmerta targets 10 vehicle scrappage units in India to process up to 300,000 vehicles annually
    Rosmerta Technologies, an automobile technology and automation company, embarked on an investment of 2 billion Indian rupees (about $24.03 million) to set up 10 vehicle scrappage units over the next three years, according to a top company executive. At present, it operates a single vehicle scrapping facility in Manesar, Haryana, India, having a processing capacity of 30,000 vehicles annually. After the capacity addition, the company will be able to process up to 300,000 vehicles annually, the Hi...
    Magna's EcoSphere product family revolutionizes seating industry sustainability with landfill-free solution
    Magna, a mobility technology company, has introduced its EcoSphere product family, an industry-first solution that eliminates the disposal of seating foam pads and trim covers in landfills by utilizing mono-material polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a company press release said October 11. The EcoSphere product family consists of sustainable trim materials, foam padding, structures and 100% Melt Recyclable Foam and Trim technology. This innovative solution ensures that the look and feel ...
    Altilium, Lunaz secure UK government grant to decarbonize EV battery recycling
    UK-based battery recycling technology company Altilium has signed a partnership with Lunaz, Europe’s largest upcycling and vehicle electrification business, to develop an innovative and low-carbon logistical solution for the safe transportation and discharging of end-of-life electric vehicle batteries, Altilium announced October 9. Altilium said that the project, which has received funding from the UK government-backed Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), is the latest addition to its comp...
    Gestamp partners with Tata Steel to increase recycled steel to slash carbon footprint
    Tata Steel, the largest steelmaker in the UK, and tier 1 automotive supplier Gestamp have signed an agreement to increase the percentage of recycled steel in the components they supply to the automotive sector, a company press release said October 10. The partnership aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the automotive supply chain by nearly doubling the amount of recycled steel used in Gestamp's products. The agreement will enable Gestamp to pass on the benefits of increasing recycled conte...
    Kia signs MOU to promote circular economy in EV batteries
    Kia Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korean stakeholders to encourage a circular economy in the electric vehicle battery industry, the carmaker announced October 6. The company said that the key objective of the MOU is to create a sustainable value chain across the entire EV battery industry and initiate a pilot project through collaborative efforts. The said pilot project will be managed by Kia, which will supply used EV batteries and will also oversee the...
    ABB, Altilium sign MOU to jointly work on battery recycling projects
    Zurich-based ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UK-based clean technology group Altilium to jointly explore the integration of automation, electrification and digital technologies in battery recycling projects, ABB announced October 4. ABB’s automation solutions will be implemented to scale up battery materials recycling activities across Europe, it said, adding that Altilium is developing green processing technologies and building infrastructure at scale for the re...
    InoBat signs MOU with Serbia to build battery manufacturing, recycling facilities
    Slovakia-based battery technology company InoBat announced on September 25 that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Serbia’s Ministry of Finance and the municipality of Ćuprija, Serbia, to build its second giga battery manufacturing and recycling facilities. “We are pleased to announce [Ćuprija] as the location for our Serbia gigafactory and recycling project, code[-]named Lion, which has been under development for the past two years with...
    Northvolt plans to set up a 60 GWh battery plant in Quebec, Canada
    Swedish battery-maker Northvolt plans to build a fully integrated 60 GWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery gigafactory in Saint-Basile-le-Grand and McMasterville, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the company announced September 28. The proposed battery plant, named Northvolt Six, will have adjacent facilities for the production of cathode active materials (CAM) as well as battery recycling, enabling circular production entirely on-site. Northvolt said that construction of the first 30 GWh ...
    Tata Motors opens third Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility in India
    Focusing on sustainability, Indian automaker Tata Motors announced the launch of its third Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF). Located in Surat city, in the western state of Gujarat, India, the facility is called Re.Wi.Re — Recycle with Respect, the company said in a press release on September 23. According to the automaker, the modern facility uses environmentally friendly processes and can disassemble 15,000 end-of-life vehicles safely and sustainably each year. The RVSF is...
    Infineon heads European research project for advancing circular economy and sustainability of electronics industry
    Infineon Technologies has taken over as head and coordinator of the broad-scope European research project, the European ECOsystem for greeN Electronics (EECONE), intended to make electronics in Europe more sustainable, according to a press release on September 21. The objective is to investigate the corresponding technologies along the entire value chain, from design, manufacture and use all the way to recycling. EECONE is one of the Key Digital Technologies research projects supported by the...
    Toray partners with Honda to validate chemical nylon 6 recycling for automotive applications
    Toray Industries has signed an agreement with Honda Motor to jointly develop a chemical recycling technology for glass-fiber reinforced nylon 6 parts recovered from end-of-life vehicles, it said in a press release dated September 19. The companies are verifying the technology. Toray and Honda worked on subcritical water characteristics because of its high permeability, dissolving power and hydrolysis effect in resins to develop a technology that depolymerizes nylon 6 with that water. Subcriti...
    Pyrum Innovations in talks with Thermo Lysi to build tire-recycling plant in Greece
    Pyrum Innovations has begun preliminary discussions with Thermo Lysi to develop a new plant for the recycling of end-of-life tires (ELT) in Greece, it said in a press release dated September 14. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 20,000 metric tons of ELT annually. “We are looking forward to realising this groundbreaking project in Greece together with Thermo Lysi SA. The assignment of the design and all the necessary work for the issuance of the building permit underlines the trus...
    Li-Cycle, Glencore plan to expedite joint battery-recycling operations in Italy
    Canadian battery-recycling technology company Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. and its ally Glencore International AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of battery materials producer Glencore, have announced plans for a two-phase approach to their joint Portovesme Hub project in Sardinia, Italy, Li-Cycle said on September 18. The two companies intend to expedite the production of battery-grade lithium carbonate at their planned facility in Italy. According to Li-Cycle, Phase 1 is designed to process up to 11,...
    Gotion launches made-in-Germany EV batteries, signs contracts with BASF, ABB, Ficosa
    Chinese battery-maker Gotion High-Tech launched its first locally produced battery in Göttingen, a town in central Germany, on September 16, the company announced September 17. Gotion, which had organized a ceremony to mark the event, also signed cooperation agreements with five global companies such as BASF, ABB, Ebusco and Ficosa. These agreements cover various aspects of battery production, ranging from materials, product development, and the supply of automotive and energy storage prod...
    Mercedes-Benz and Steel Dynamics secure sustainable steel supply deal for Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant
    Mercedes-Benz has signed an agreement with Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) to source more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2-reduced steel annually for its plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to a press release on September 18. SDI steel will be made using an electric arc furnace (EAF) and will use electricity from 100% renewable sources. With EAFs powered by green electricity, emissions can be reduced by more than half to 1.0-metric ton CO2 per metric ton steel on average, compared to prima...
    Yokohama Rubber begins production of Advan Sport EV with renewable energy
    The Yokohama Rubber announced that its Shinshiro-Minami Plant (in Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture) has begun production of its Advan Sport EV ultrahigh-performance summer tire for premium electric vehicles and other high-performance tires with electric power from a new solar panel power generation system put into official operation this August, and renewable energy-generated electricity that the plant has been procuring since April, according to a press release on September 15. Significance:...
    To reduce the use of fossil raw material, Continental uses recovered carbon black in solid tires
    In an initiative toward sourcing more sustainable raw material, tire maker Continental added recovered carbon black (rCB) to its newly produced Super Elastic solid tires at its tire plant in Korbach, Germany, thus reducing the use of fossil raw materials and CO2 emissions. Solid tires such as Continental’s SC20+ already contain around 60% renewable and recycled materials thanks to their high natural rubber content. By 2050 at the latest, Continental aims to use 100% sustainable materials in...
    BASF partners with Nanotech Energy to make lithium-ion batteries with recycled materials
    BASF has collaborated with Nanotech Energy to manufacture lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in North America using locally recycled substance, it said in a press release on September 11. BASF will use cathode active materials from recycled metals in Michigan, US, which will be used in Li-ion battery cells produced by Nanotech Energy. The idea is to significantly reduce the CO2 footprint of Nanotech’s Li-ion batteries. The companies will also partner with Li-ion battery-recycling company A...
    Kia to use recycled plastic in new EV models
    Kia intends on using recycled plastic in its new electric vehicle models, it said in a press release on August 28. This comes after Kia’s partner, The Ocean Cleanup, hauled in 55 metric tons of waste from the Pacific Ocean and is part of a seven-year global partnership agreed in April 2022. Recycling of the captured plastic will begin shortly with Kia using a proportion of it in future models. “The record catch of plastics brought to shore by The Ocean Cleanup for recycling is tangible pr...
    Toyota launches Toyota Open Labs in Europe to help mobility startups
    Toyota Motor has launched Toyota Open Labs in Europe, it said in a press release on August 29. The open innovation platform will help startups with business units across the Toyota ecosystem to scale innovation. The program will help Toyota deepen its expertise across energy, circular economy, carbon-neutral technologies, smart communities and mobility for all initiatives. Toyota Open Labs partners include: Toyota Tsusho Europe, the trading and supply-chain arm of the Toyota group; Kinto...
    Texas Instruments’ new manufacturing plant in North Texas achieves LEED Gold version 4
    Texas Instruments (TI) announced that its new 300-mm semiconductor wafer fabrication plant (fab) in Richardson, Texas — called the RFAB2 — has achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification under version 4, according to a press release on August 29. This designation makes RFAB2 the first wafer fab in the US and the fourth worldwide to achieve this more stringent certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the susta...
    JLR, Wykes Engineering to develop energy storage systems using second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries
    JLR has partnered with Wykes Engineering to develop an energy storage system in the UK to harness solar and wind power using second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries, it said in a press release on August 23. A Wykes Engineering Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) uses 30 second-life I-Pace batteries, and can store up to 2.5 MWh of energy at full capacity. JLR aims to supply enough batteries to store a total of 7.5 MWh of energy by the end of 2023. “Our sustainability approach addresses the...
    LG Energy, Huayou Recycling to form a battery recycling JV, build two plants in China
    South Korean battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) announced August 8 that it plans to set up a battery recycling joint venture with China’s Zhejiang Huayou Recycling Technology Co. Ltd., which is a subsidiary company of Huayou Cobalt. LGES said that the planned JV is the company’s first battery-recycling JV. According to the press note issued by the South Korean company August 8, it signed the JV establishment agreement with Huayou Recycling at Huayou Cobalt’s Tongxiang headq...
    Hankook Tire joins Suppliers Partnership for the Environment to advance sustainable practices
    Hankook Tire announced that it has joined the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP), the association of automakers and their suppliers working toward a positive environmental impact for the US automotive industry, according to a press release dated August 7. Formed in 2002, SP provides a forum for automakers and their suppliers to advance sustainability across three core areas — operations, materials and suppliers. SP members work in collaboration with the US Environmental Pro...
    RecycLiCo Battery Materials, Nanoramic Laboratories team up on recycling lithium-ion batteries
    RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. and Nanoramic Laboratories have signed a strategic collaboration to jointly work to optimize the complete life cycle of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, Nanoramic announced August 2. In a press note, the US-based developer of innovative electrode technology Nanoramic said that the collaboration aims to synergize both companies' unique materials and technologies to establish an efficient, sustainable battery supply chain. Under the agreement, Nanoramic will c...
    New mandate in India may require carmakers to use 20% recycled materials from 2026–27
    Carmakers in India may soon have to use 20% recycled materials of the total weight of metals they use to produce a vehicle from 2026–27 under an upcoming policy, according to a news report published by The Economic Times Auto on August 2. The policy — Extended Production Responsibility (EPR) — is currently being prepared by the central government, it said, adding that the quantum of recycled materials will progressively increase as more vehicle scrapping centers become operational acros...
    Li-Cycle starts battery-recycling operations at German plant
    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (Li-Cycle) announced the start of commercial operations at its first Spoke recycling facility in Europe, located in Magdeburg, Germany. The Germany Spoke’s first main processing line has now commenced operations, with the second main line expected to start later in 2023. Each main line can process up to 10,000 metric tons of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery material per year. With an additional 10,000 metric tons of ancillary capacity planned, the facility is expe...
    Continental starts volume production of new UltraContact NXT tires
    Continental has started production of the UltraContact NXT at its plant in Lousado, Portugal, according to a press release dated July 31. With up to 65% renewable, recycled and mass-balance certified materials, the new summer tire combines sustainable materials with high safety and performance. At the same time, all dimensions carry the highest possible rating in the EU tire label ("A") in rolling resistance, wet braking and exterior noise. Renewable materials account for up to 32% of the Ult...
    Aqua Metals and Yulho collaborate for lithium-battery recycling in South Korea
    Sustainable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pioneer Aqua Metals Inc. (Aqua Metals) announced a strategic partnership with Yulho Co. Ltd. (Yulho), an innovative-storage solution and battery-materials company based in South Korea, to drive innovation in lithium-battery recycling and set a new standard for a low-carbon, circular supply of the critical minerals that power an electrified future, the company said July 19. As part of the strategic partnership, Yulho will make a strategic equity investm...
    Tata Motors inaugurates registered vehicle-scrapping facility in Odisha, India
    According to a press release dated July 24, Tata Motors has launched its second Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF) in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, named "Re.Wi.Re — Recycle with Respect." The event was graced by delegates from the Odisha government and Tata Motors. Speaking at the launch of Tata Motors’ Re.Wi.Re RVSF in Odisha, government of Odisha Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources, Commerce & Transport Smt. Tukuni Sahu said, "Today marks a significant milestone...
    Gestamp partners with steel producer ArcelorMittal to promote the recycling of steel scrap
    Flat Products and Tier 1 automotive supplier Gestamp signed a circularity agreement with steel producer ArcelorMittal, with a goal to strengthen environmental sustainability throughout the industrial supply chain. The collaboration aims to jointly design and implement a circularity scheme that will enhance the recycling of steel by both partners, by offering benefits obtained to their automotive customers, the company said in a press release July 21. The release further added that the overall...
    Redwood Materials in talks to raise $700 million to support battery-recycling plant in Nevada, US
    Leading US-based battery-material recycling company Redwood Materials is in talks to raise $700 million that would help it fund its first major plant in Nevada, US, according to a news report published by the newspaper Financial Times on July 18. If the deal happens, the company, which is lead by the Tesla Co-Founder JB Straubel, would achieve a valuation of almost $5 billion, the report added. The report pointed out that after raising $700 million at a $3.7 billion valuation in 2021, Redwood...
    Huntsman, V-Carbon Technologies develop end-of-life recycling solutions for carbon-fiber composites
    Huntsman has partnered with V-Carbon Technologies to develop end-of-life recycling solutions, according to a June 21 press release. The collaboration effort targets the recovery or recycling of fiber, resin and chemical components. A process chain has been developed to deliver advanced materials systems using high-performance second-life carbon fibers. Application industries include automotive and aviation, among others. V-Carbon’s technology is based on a patented chemolysis process, which...
    Toray’s South Korean unit gets ISCC PLUS certification for polyphenylene sulfide resin
    Toray Industries has announced that its South Korean subsidiary Toray Advanced Materials Korea has received ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) PLUS certification for the polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin produced at its Gunsan, South Korea, plant, a company press release dated July 12 read. The certification ensures that recycled raw materials and biomass raw materials are properly managed in the supply chain. Toray Advanced Materials Korea will be able to suppl...
    Li-Cycle collaborates with Eve Energy for battery recycling
    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (Li-Cycle) and Eve Energy Co. (Eve) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate and explore lithium ion (Li-ion) battery-recycling solutions for Eve's battery materials, a company press release dated July 11 said. According to the press release, the MOU includes a framework to explore global sustainable recycling solutions for Eve's Li-ion battery materials in the North American market, as well as battery-manufacturing scrap generated at Eve's planned Li-...
    Altilium Metals signs memorandum of understanding with Marubeni Corp. to develop battery-recycling business in the UK
    UK-based Altilium Metals has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japanese investment group Marubeni Corp., Altilium Metals announced July 6. Under the framework of the said MOU, the two companies plan to work together to explore opportunities to jointly develop electric vehicle battery-recycling businesses in the UK. The plan includes joint development of a UK supply chain of end-of-life lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for recycling. According to the press n...
    CATL plans to set up battery recycling plants in Europe, North America
    China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is in talks with a European partner for setting up a battery recycling facility in Europe ahead of its plans to establish a base in North America, according to a news report published by Yicai Global on June 29. The report further mentioned that CATL aims to expand its footprint globally by setting up battery recycling business in other parts of the world, including in North America. It cited company’s chief prod...
    Toyota Motor Europe announces establishment of a Circular Economy function
    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced executive-level appointments at its European headquarters and changes to the company structure, with the appointment of one of its vice presidents to head up a new function focusing on Circular Economy, according to a press release dated June 22. It marks another move forward by TME as it accelerates the transformation toward a mobility company, built on the principles of carbon neutrality and sustainability. All changes are effective July 1, 2023. ...
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