China Must Commit to Battery Recycling in Electric Vehicle Boom: Greenpeace | Technology News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China needs to step up the recycling and repurposing of batteries for electric vehicles in order to ease supply strains and curb pollution and carbon emissions, environmental group Greenpeace said on Friday.

Though the deployment of electric vehicles is an important environmental initiative, the manufacturing of batteries is energy- and carbon-intensive and puts the supply of key raw materials like lithium and cobalt under severe strain, the group said in a research report.

“We’re about to see a tidal wave of old EV batteries hit China,” said Ada Kong, Greenpeace East Asia’s senior programme manager. “How the government responds will have huge ramifications for Xi Jinping’s 2060 carbon neutral commitment.”

Greenpeace said 12.85 million tonnes of EV lithium-ion batteries will go offline worldwide between 2021 and 2030, while more than 10 million tonnes of lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese will be mined for new batteries.

Repurposed batteries could be used as backup power systems for China’s 5G stations or reused in shared e-bikes, and would save 63 million tonnes of carbon emissions from new battery manufacturing, it estimated.

It said total global demand for energy storage could be met by old EV batteries by 2030.

China, the world’s biggest EV user and EV battery manufacturer, has launched its own battery recycling schemes to cope with the expected surge in utilisation, and is also implementing tracing systems that will track the entire lifespan of a battery from manufacturing to disposal.

(Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Army’s New Infantry Squad Vehicle: ISV Design, Features, Tech

  • The U.S. Army has accepted its first new Infantry Squad Vehicle.
  • The ISV is made by General Motors and based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
  • The new vehicle is much lighter and lacks the armor of infantry fighting vehicles, but allows troops to cross the battlefield more quickly.

    The U.S. Army has formally accepted the first of hundreds of new Infantry Squad Vehicles (ISVs) designed to transport soldiers to and from the battlefield. The ISV, built by General Motors Defense, is based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-road mid-sized truck. The ISV trades protection for speed, allowing paratroopers and other light forces to reach their objectives faster than walking.

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    Here’s GM Defense’s promo video showing the ISV in action:

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    The Army was handed the keys to the first four ISVs on Tuesday at GM’s Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The vehicles, painted Army green, are the first of an initial order of 649 placed in May 2020. The Army ultimately wants approximately 2,065 ISVs over the life of the program, replacing the iconic Humvee with frontline ground troops.

    The ISV is designed to carry a full squad of nine infantry soldiers. The vehicle is air-droppable from aircraft such as the C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III, can ride inside a CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter, and can be carried slung underneath a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. The ISV is designed to give troops like the U.S. Army’s airborne, mountain, light infantry, air assault, and Rangers a faster alternative to walking.

    The ISV is based on the 2020 Chevy Colorado mid-size truck, and uses 90 percent of the same parts. It’s powered by the Colorado’s 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission. Cross-country performance is provided by the ZR2 off road package, including Multimatic shocks and other Chevrolet Performance suspension components. There’s seating for an entire nine soldier squad and the cab and passenger section is covered with a roll cage.

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    ISV sacrifices protection for mobility, a decision that’s sure to be controversial in the coming years. The vehicle is completely unarmored, which is why it’s light enough to be carried by helicopter. The idea is that the extra mobility will allow Army troops to move out quickly from their landing zone or through rough terrain, stealing a march on the enemy and taking their objectives faster.

    This tradeoff leaves troops completely exposed to all forms of

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    US Army gets first Infantry Squad Vehicle from GM Defense

    WASHINGTON — GM Defense delivered its first Infantry Squad Vehicle to the U.S. Army in an Oct. 27 ceremony at its proving grounds and production facility in Milford, Michigan, just 120 days after being chosen to build the new troop carrier.

    The Army awarded the company a $214.3 million contract to produce 649 vehicles by the end of fiscal 2024. The service is planning to procure a total of 2,065 ISVs.

    Designed to carry a nine soldier squad, the ISV was specifically put together to be light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Black Hawk and small enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook, to provide maximum flexibility for deployment.

    GM’s design is based off the company’s 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck and uses 90 percent commercial parts including a 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and performance race components. It also features a custom rollover protection system.

    While the first low-rate initial production vehicles — 27 in total — will be built in Michigan, GM has a long-term plan to move its ISV manufacturing to Morrisville, North Carolina, where it is standing up a facility to manage its higher volume ISV production.

    The Army first identified a need for a light infantry vehicle in 2015 when its most recent combat vehicle strategy was released, but nothing materialized until Congress forced the Army to launch the competition as part of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act. The Army awarded $1 million contracts to three teams in August 2019 to develop offerings — GM Defense, a team of Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC and an SAIC and Polaris team.

    “One hundred and twenty days from contract award to delivery is a significant milestone, and I am very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” David Albritton, president of GM Defense, said in a statement. “We’re leveraging General Motors’ engineering prowess and immense manufacturing capabilities to bring transformative solutions to the military vehicle market. Our initial success with the ISV shows our commitment to our customer and highlights our unique right to win in the military mobility market.”

    GM Defense has a “very, very talented team,” Albritton said during the ceremony, and “their innovation, attention to detail, flexibility when incorporating soldier feedback during testing and a magnitude of other factors helped us to win this ISV contract and gives me great hope for how we will tackle other pursuits in the future.”

    The first vehicles will be going to the 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, but ultimately 11 IBCTs will be outfitted with 59 vehicles each under the first contract covering the 649 ISVs.

    The vehicles are slated to go through tests in the coming year, including further analysis of its air-deployable capability, as well as verification the maintenance manuals are complete. The first unit equipped will take the ISV through an initial operational test and evaluation.

    With the success of the ISV, GM Defense is setting its sights on other opportunities with the

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    Global Vehicle Power Distribution Industry

    Global Vehicle Power Distribution Market to Reach $7. 9 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Vehicle Power Distribution estimated at US$6. 5 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$7.

    New York, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — announces the release of the report “Global Vehicle Power Distribution Industry” –
    9 Billion by 2027, growing at aCAGR of 2.8% over the period 2020-2027. Hardwired, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record 3.6% CAGR and reach US$3 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Configurable segment is readjusted to a revised 2.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

    The U.S. Market is Estimated at $1.8 Billion, While China is Forecast to Grow at 5.2% CAGR

    The Vehicle Power Distribution market in the U.S. is estimated at US$1.8 Billion in the year 2020. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$1.6 Billion by the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 5.3% over the analysis period 2020 to 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 0.7% and 2.1% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 1.3% CAGR.We bring years of research experience to this 6th edition of our report. The 375-page report presents concise insights into how the pandemic has impacted production and the buy side for 2020 and 2021. A short-term phased recovery by key geography is also addressed.

    Competitors identified in this market include, among others,

    • Curtiss-Wright Corporation

    • Draxlmaier Group

    • Eaton Corporation PLC

    • ETA Circuit Breakers

    • Furukawa Co., Ltd.

    • Horiba Ltd.

    • Kissling Elektrotechnik GmbH

    • Lear Corporation

    • Leoni AG

    • Littelfuse, Inc.

    • Mersen Electrical Power

    • Minda Group

    • MTA SpA

    • PKC Group Ltd.

    • Schurter AG

    • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

    • TE Connectivity Ltd.

    • Truck-Lite Co., Inc.

    • Yazaki Corporation

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    Global Competitor Market Shares
    Vehicle Power Distribution Competitor Market Share Scenario
    Worldwide (in %): 2019 & 2025
    Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession



    Table 1: Vehicle Power Distribution Global Market Estimates and
    Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027

    Table 2: Vehicle Power Distribution Global Retrospective Market
    Scenario in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019

    Table 3: Vehicle Power Distribution Market Share Shift across
    Key Geographies Worldwide: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027

    Table 4: Hardwired (Type) World Market by Region/Country in US$
    Million: 2020 to 2027

    Table 5: Hardwired (Type) Historic Market Analysis by
    Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012 to 2019

    Table 6: Hardwired (Type) Market Share Breakdown of Worldwide
    Sales by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027

    Table 7: Configurable (Type) Potential Growth Markets Worldwide
    in US$ Million: 2020 to 2027


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