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Volkswagen Battery Recycling Strategy Announced

Volkswagen Battery Recycling Strategy for Electric Vehicle Fleet Announced

Make no mistake, electric cars reduce our carbon footprint. However, adoption rates haven’t spiked enough to make a difference. Only 3% of US auto sales are electric. Meanwhile, Norway has started to sell more electric than gas-powered cars. Regrettably, its population is too small for an immediate global impact. Nevertheless, most major automakers have announced EV plans. In particular, the Volkswagen battery recycling plan excites clean energy advocates.

READ: Volkswagen Goes Green to Stay in the Green

After all, recycling is a major part of sustainable development. Case in point, the global push to eliminate straws.

Moreover, the resources needed to power electric cars are not infinite. The Volkswagen battery recycling plan reflects this reality.

Reducing Battery Cost, Preserving the Environment

Volkswagen BatteryUltimately, the company plans to get most of its battery production resources from recycled batteries. Furthermore, it plans to recycle over 1,200 tons of batteries at its Salzgitter plant in Germany.

This is equal to 3,000 vehicles. Granted, this will save the company a pile of money on EV batteries. After all, Volkswagen plans to produce 1 million electric cars by 2025.

Consider how quickly the Volkswagen battery recycling plan could be scaled. Currently, it’s being tested at a small number of German plants. Soon, after further research and investment, the company could get most of its batteries this way.

German Automaker has Ambitious Electric Vehicle Plans

Volkswagen batteryHowever, this is but part of Volkswagen’s master plan to challenge Tesla. Moreover, they plan to invest heavily in lithium and cobalt sourcing operations. After all, these two resources are needed to make lithium-ion batteries.

Consequently, the world has taken notice. The shift away from fossil fuels has put an emphasis on Li-Ion battery production. Currently, Europe and Asia invest heavily in these facilities.

Nations like India and Indonesia plan to become production hubs. Evidently, this would reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian oil.

Regardless, Volkswagen battery recycling isn’t just for environmental reasons. The company’s bottom line will benefit.

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

 

Smartphone battery

Phone Battery Charging – Done Right

A Few Tips for Efficient Phone Battery Charging

Is your phone struggling to last more than 6 hours on a single charge? Whether you have a Samsung or iPhone, new batteries aren’t cheap. Moreover, spending $60-$100 on a new battery feels like throwing money away. Consequently, the Ultra Lithium team’s put together some phone battery charging tips. Hopefully, they save you a few bucks down the road.

READ: Lithium-Ion Battery & Clean Energy: Intertwined Technologies

However, one tip reigns supreme. According to multiple sources, charging your phone overnight is a no-go.

According to reps from Google, Apple, and Samsung, you shouldn’t charge your phone while you sleep. Instead, they recommend charging your phone to 100% and disconnecting. Then, charge it again once it’s in the yellow.

Preserving your Phone’s Lifespan

phone batteryAdditionally, several other tips to limit battery store visits:

  • Learn how your phone’s battery degrades. All batteries are different. Most last 400 charge cycles. Summarily, one charge cycle is a phone going from 0-100% and back again. Granted, figuring out how your particular battery responds to different charging patterns is tough. Ultimately, you’d need to calculate how many cycles it lasts before death.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Skiers and snowboarders: note how your phone dies quickly on the mountain. Similarly, roadtrippers in the summer often notice their battery seems to melt.
  • Avoid going from 0-100%. As previously stated, phone batteries work much like a car engine. Ultimately, don’t let it completely drain.
  • Hangout at 50%. Essentially, modern Li-Ion batteries live in this region. This is where they’re happiest – keep them there.
  • Use your phone. Batteries today are designed for phones that are used. As a result, don’t be surprised if that work phone you neglect using needs a new battery within a couple of years.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Power A Clean Energy Future

phone batteryEssentially, don’t charge your phone all night. Besides, it’s unlikely you’ll experience issues these days. Both private and public sector investment in lithium-ion battery research has skyrocketed. As a result, the tech has improved.

Evidently, for good reason. Li-Ion batteries are essential to clean energy technologies. Most importantly, they power electric vehicles.

Additionally, they power increasingly sophisticated digital hardware. Both professionals and consumers demand more of their phones, laptops, desktops, and tablets.

Perhaps this blog saves you a bit of money powering them.

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Autonomous Electric Vehicles: A Matter of Time

Are Electric Cars the Future of Transportation?

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Dyson electric car

Dyson Electric Car Patent Revealed

Dyson Electric Car Patents Feature Off-Road Potential

Dyson’s line of electric cars is set to be available in 2021. Granted, most consumers don’t see an immediate connection between Dyson and the automotive industry. Nevertheless, Sir James Dyson plans to leverage his brand’s image as innovators to enter the electric vehicle space. This innovation is evident in the first Dyson electric car patent to go public.

READ: Dyson Electric Cars to be made in Singapore

Seen below, the design doesn’t reveal anything obvious to the untrained eye. To the layperson, it looks like an average SUV. However, this image reveals a few telling things.

Firstly, its narrow wheels are likely to increase range. This innovation would solve a major hurdle facing EV adoption. After all, range anxiety is a legitimate worry among potential EV owners.

Dyson electric carA £2.5bn Development Project

Along with charging station access, distance on a single charge factors heavily into the decision to go electric.

Secondly, the vehicle’s overall height is lower than most SUVs. Additionally, a shallow-angled windscreen improves aerodynamics.

These specs suggest this particular Dyson electric car is equipped with off-road capabilities. Consequently, it could fill a major gap in the market.

Dyson Helps to Challenge Tesla’s Market Dominance

Dyson electric carCurrently, no affordable option exists for outdoor enthusiasts looking to buy electric. Additionally, Tesla and other EV manufacturers have struggled to provide options to middle-class families.

Granted, Dyson hasn’t announced what the SUV will cost. For now, it’s busy designing its upcoming fleet in the UK. Meanwhile, production is to take place in Singapore this year.

Dyson aspires to be a premier sustainability brand. As a result, it’s been vocal about the UK government’s plan to ban fossil fuels by 2040.

Instead, Dyson and fellow environmental actors believe 2030 is more appropriate.

Regardless, producing an affordable EV would help muffle climate change.

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2019 Electric Cars To Get Excited About

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Flip the fleet

Flip the Fleet Brings EVs to NZ

World-First Community Project Flip the Fleet Works to Boost EV Adoption in NZ

The truth will set you free. Incidentally, this sentiment is the foundation of New Zealand’s Flip the Fleet program. The world-first community project aims to give Kiwis an incentive to drive electric.

READ: Fake EV News Campaign Plagues Australia

Ultimately, the truth about electric vehicles is muddled in Oceania. Both New Zealand and Australia are slow to adopt plug-in vehicles.

Consequently, co-founders Henrik Moller and Dima Ivanov have developed a strategy to change that.

Using Science to Collect and Spread the Truth

Flip the fleetSummarily, they collect data from electric vehicle owners. This early adopter data sheds light on a number of key discussion points. Most importantly, answers to questions that consumers often ask.

Firstly, how much would I save on fuel? Secondly, how long can I travel on a single charge? Thirdly, how difficult is it to find a charging station?

The list doesn’t end there. However, Moller and Ivanov believe making answers available will eliminate anxieties around EVs. As a result, findings are free, available on their site.

Grassroots Movements Supported by Automakers, Governments

Flip the fleetThe co-founders believe worries about plug-ins will fade as more people own them. Evidently, they’re not alone. Most of the world’s largest automakers quickly rollout electric fleet plans.

Surprisingly, Volkswagen has stated that failing to go green will bring financial ruin to manufacturers. In the wake of dieselgate, the German automaker has repositioned itself. Ultimately, it plans to challenge Tesla for market supremacy.

Additionally, brands like GM, Audi, and Honda all follow suit. These efforts are supported by national governments. Even the United States, which struggles to grasp an environmental foothold, should revive its EV tax credit soon.

Nothing would speed up EV adoption rates like accurate info. Clearly, Flip the Fleet is aware.

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Are Electric Cars the Future of Transportation?

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

 

 

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Volkswagen EV Sales Exceed Expectations

Volkswagen EV Sales Test Company’s Manufacturing Limits

It seems Tesla isn’t the only automaker to keep customers waiting. Indeed, this trend is expected to continue as the world’s largest car manufacturers enter the clean transportation game. Unfortunately, Germany’s largest automaker has found this out the hard way. Ever since the company made its line available for preorder, Volkswagen EV sales have surpassed expectations. The company struggles to satisfy demand.

READ: VW Secures Lithium Supply for 10+ Years

Granted, this is good news for a number of parties. Firstly, such demand for plug-in vehicles is music to the ears of clean energy advocates. Currently, electric vehicles are on the precipice of serious market penetration. News such as this will encourage VW competitors to ready their fleets.

Additionally, VW’s experience provides a great case study to prepare for fleet rollouts.

Free Battery Charging for 1 Year

Volkswagen EVSecondly, most of the world’s largest automakers have already announced plans for plug-in fleets. This is especially true in China, where nearly 500 electric car automakers compete. This has formed a bubble in China’s auto sector.

Volkswagen EV sales numbers suggest these investments will pay off. Granted, not all players will survive. Nevertheless, this trend goes far beyond China. Everyone from Harley-Davidson to GM has overhauled their operation. Soon, gas-powered services will play second fiddle to electric. Lastly, this news favours the consumer. There aren’t many affordable EV options out there. Developments like this will change that.

Competition Heats Up EV Sector, with Government Help

volkswagen evAfter all, nothing breeds innovation like competition. With the Volkswagen EV line being so popular, Tesla is forced to up its game.

Furthermore, national and regional governments help competitors stay afloat. The United States may pass legislation reviving the expired EV tax credit.

Now that Norway sells more electric than gas-powered vehicles, both democrats and republicans recognize the incentive to go green. Currently, Volkswagen is having trouble satisfying its 10,000 EV orders. All things considered, it’s a nice problem to have.

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

EV Sales

Europe EV Sales Steadily Climb

Europe EV Sales Experience Year-on-Year Growth of 67%

No, the electric vehicle industry hasn’t exploded in Europe. However, both governments and automakers invest heavily in research. Most notably, in lithium-ion battery production and charging station infrastructure. As a result, public confidence in plug-in cars steadily climbs. Evidently, Europe EV sales reflect that.

READ: European Lithium-Ion Plants Get Billions In Funding

Compared to this time last year, Europe EV sales have increased by 67%. Granted, that accounts for just 1.7% of all vehicles sold. Nevertheless, progress is progress. Analysts say increased consumer knowledge on the subject of vehicle emissions helped the jump.

Further Adoption Hinges on Government Support

Europe EVUltimately, environmental watchdogs endorse the production of fully-electric vehicles. Hybrids offer a sustainable alternative to gas-powered engines but only marginally reduce emissions.

Luckily, the automotive industry’s shift will cover the gap. Currently, most of the world’s largest producers have announced ambitious EV plans.

Furthermore, Audi has the first carbon-neutral vehicle production facility. Located in Belgium, the Volkswagen subsidiary is a sustainable tech leader.

Nevertheless, further change relies on increased governmental action. Granted, most European countries offer a progressive legislative framework to support EVs.

Global EV Adoption to Grow Exponentially

EV SalesMoreover, Europe EV adoption is supported by government investments in battery production facilities. Incidentally, Li-Ion batteries are highly sought after to support changing energy needs.

For now, only high-earning Europeans can afford to go green. However, it’s likely this will change – sooner rather than later.

The transportation industry shifts rapidly toward sustainability. Moreover, an electric car’s interface is better equipped to handle driverless software.

Consequently, it’s not a matter of if year-over-year Europe EV sales will surpass 67%. It’s a matter of by how much? Exponential growth is on the horizon.

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Netherlands EV Share World’s 2nd Best

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

 

 

Ultra Lithium Closes Private Placement

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB) is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 22,883,413 units at $0.06 per unit for total gross proceeds of $1,373,005. Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one-half non-transferable common share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each whole Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase an additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.12 per share for a period of two years from closing of the private placement provided that if the closing price of the common shares of the Company on any stock exchange or quotation system on which the common shares are then listed or quoted is equal to or greater than Cdn $0.20 for a period of ten (10) consecutive trading days, the Company will have the right to accelerate the expiry of the warrants by giving notice to the holders of the warrants that the warrants will expire at 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver time) on a date that is not less than ten (10) business days from the date notice is given. The Company paid finders fees 2,205,833 units for this placement.

The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to fund the exploration of the Company’s Argentine properties and for general working capital purposes.

All securities issued under the private placement will be subject to a four month hold period from the closing date under applicable Canadian securities laws, in addition to such other restrictions as may apply under applicable securities laws of jurisdictions outside Canada. The private placement is subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange..

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The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of Ultra Lithium Inc.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds brine exploration properties in Catamarca, Argentina and Nevada, USA and two hard rock spodumene type lithium properties in Ontario, Canada.

Ultra Lithium Closes Private Placement

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB) is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 22,883,413 units at $0.06 per unit for total gross proceeds of $1,373,005. Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one-half non-transferable common share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each whole Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase an additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.12 per share for a period of two years from closing of the private placement provided that if the closing price of the common shares of the Company on any stock exchange or quotation system on which the common shares are then listed or quoted is equal to or greater than Cdn $0.20 for a period of ten (10) consecutive trading days, the Company will have the right to accelerate the expiry of the warrants by giving notice to the holders of the warrants that the warrants will expire at 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver time) on a date that is not less than ten (10) business days from the date notice is given. The Company paid finders fees 2,205,833 units for this placement.

The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to fund the exploration of the Company’s Argentine properties and for general working capital purposes.

All securities issued under the private placement will be subject to a four month hold period from the closing date under applicable Canadian securities laws, in addition to such other restrictions as may apply under applicable securities laws of jurisdictions outside Canada. The private placement is subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange..

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The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of Ultra Lithium Inc.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium assets. The Company currently holds brine exploration properties in Catamarca, Argentina and Nevada, USA and two hard rock spodumene type lithium properties in Ontario, Canada.

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Battery Capacity

Battery Capacity Worldwide Doubles in 1 Year

Global Battery Capacity Doubles Year-Over-Year

Yes, electric vehicles are on the rise. However, global sales only increased by 25% year-over-year. Meanwhile, global battery capacity rose by 94%. Reported by a prominent battery metals tracker, this surge is remarkable – no pun intended.

READ: Auto Savings: Are EVs Worth It?

Overall, 9.76 GWh of passenger EV battery capacity was deployed globally. There are a number of reasons for this stark increase. However, major growth in the Chinese sector helps this along.

China Leads the Global Push

Battery capacityCurrently, nearly 500 electric vehicle manufacturers compete for dominance in China. The world’s second-largest economy will hit 1.6 million EV sales by year’s end.

Consequently, the prospect of more global sales has encouraged li-ion producers to improve their product. Additionally, most of the world’s largest automakers have invested heavily in the technology. Everyone from VW to Harley-Davidson has a vested interest in improving Li-Ion battery capacity.

Similarly, government policy overwhelmingly favours EV adoption. Even the United States plans to revive its expired EV tax credit.

Goodbye, Range Anxiety: Serious R&D Money Backs Li-Ion Battery Tech

Battery CapacityMoreover, fully electric vehicles take market share from hybrids. Consequently, lithium demand grows.

As a result, the world’s largest companies put more resources and energy than ever into Li-Ion battery technology. Therefore, lithium and cobalt earn more attention than ever.

These minerals are central to the development of electric vehicle batteries. Currently, China owns over half the global supply.

Chinese ambition produces a cheaper, more effective battery. Competition among Chinese producers benefits EV owners.

Evidently, being stranded without a charge is no longer likely.

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Rising fuel costs

Rising Fuel Costs Drive Vancouverites to EVs

Vancouver Commuters Look to EVs in Wake of Rising Fuel Costs

Drive by a gas station and most Vancouverites gasp. Evidently, there’s no end in site to province-wide rising fuel costs. Granted, inhabitants of Canada’s west coast are used to high prices. Not only for fuel – for everything.

READ: Harbour Air Electric Plane Coming Soon

Evidently, BC is one of North America’s most expensive regions. Specifically, Vancouver is the country’s hardest city to buy a house in.

But $1.70 a liter seems extortionate. Consequently, the price hike is the result of a number of issues. However, leaders can’t agree on which to blame.

Families Struggle to Financially Cope

Rising fuel costsAs a result, the premier has called for a private investigation into the matter. The incumbent NDP government considers climate change a priority. Consequently, BC is North America’s first region to set a zero-emission target. No gas-powered cars will be sold in BC post-2040.

Evidently, such legislation pushes automakers towards electric cars. Additionally, it pushes consumers toward the same fate.

Nevertheless, electric cars aren’t cheap. What’s more, families have few affordable options to choose from. The Tesla Model X isn’t exactly an option for household incomes under $100,000 a year.

Rapid Industry Shift Hits BC

Rising fuel costsNevertheless, several rebates exist to help new owners. Granted, a combined $16,000 rebate for an $80,000 vehicle doesn’t really cut it.

Obviously, more needs to be done to make electric cars more affordable for the average British Columbian. Luckily, the province is at the forefront of such change.

The world’s largest automakers overwhelmingly shift away from combustible-engines. Simultaneously, provincial legislation favours electric vehicle production and consumption.

These two events could coincide to benefit BC’s economy. With global EV adoption rates on the rise, BC could become a hub of clean transportation.

Hopefully, this happens sooner rather than later to offset rising fuel costs. Summer road trippers sure hope so.

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