May 17, 2020

Jaguar C-X75 Sexiest Electric Car Around

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Admin
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The Jaguar C-X75 electric concept car turned heads at the Paris Auto Show
Written By: John Shimkus Built to celebrate Jaguars 75th anniversary, the C-X75 electric supercar concept vehicle was showcased in 2010 and has been ma...

Written By: John Shimkus

Built to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, the C-X75 electric supercar concept vehicle was showcased in 2010 and has been making headlines ever since. Just look at this thing, it may be the sexiest electric vehicle ever! Watch out Tesla, there’s some competition coming your way!

The Jaguar C-X75 features lithium-ion battery technology in conjunction with two gasoline turbine engines that can recharge the battery pack for extended mileage. The C-X75 uses four 196 hp electric motors, one for each wheel, giving the car a total of 778 hp. The car can travel 68 miles on the battery pack alone, or 560 miles when working in conjunction with the gas turbine generators.  In this sense, the C-X75 is more a hybrid than full electric vehicle; however, it's system differs from other hybrids in the absense of a gas-powered engine.  Rather, the gass generators help run the electric engines.  

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The C-X75 is also one of the fastest electric cars ever! It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, and can reach top speeds of 205 mph (although traveling top speeds will obviously affect battery range).

"This evocative showcase of 75 years of performance heritage, the C-X75 also demonstrates Jaguar's commitment to developing cutting-edge engineering solutions to the challenges facing future automotive development," said Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director. "The supercar shows that Jaguar will continue to build beautiful, fast cars that will generate their performance in a sustainable manner."

Unfortunately, the Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar is still in the concept phase, although TV funnyman Jay Leno managed to get his hands on one. So any execs out there looking to cozy up with Jaguar may be lucky enough to land one of their own!

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

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Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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