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Here’s how VW recycles its EV batteries — but it’s got to scale up FAST

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Here’s how VW recycles its EV batteries — but it’s got to scale up FAST

It says it can balance 95% of raw materials

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What should we do with electric agent array packs when they can no longer power a car?

In this day and age, there is only one answer: recycle.

Even though the alteration to array electric cartage is only beginning, we’re well aware of the need to recycle and reuse the adored metals and apparatus independent within lithium-ion batteries.

Given how accelerated mining processes are, it’s a total waste to not balance these abstracts when an EV array is no longer usable.

German automaker VW has already built a array recycling plant in Salzgitter, and in a recent video (above) shows off the accepted action for recycling a battery.

According to the carmaker, it can balance up to 95% of the abstracts in an EV pack. These can then be reused in future array packs, abbreviation waste.

According to Electric Cars Report, accepted recycling methods can only balance about 60% of a batteries materials. So VW’s new action marks a notable step forward.

At present, VW’s Salzgitter plant can recycle 3,600 array packs each year. That’s a good start, but studies adumbrate that by 2040 there will be more than 7 actor tonnes of EV batteries that need recycling. Bear in mind, the boilerplate EV array weighs about 500 kgs.

With over 588,000 EVs registered for use on Germany’s roads, there’s going to be cogent array recycling demand in over the next two decades. More than VW’s plant can handle on its own, unless it scales up… and fast.

If the country — and indeed, the world — is going to keep EV power packs from landfill, it needs to expand its EV battery recycling rapidly over the next decade.


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Published March 11, 2021 — 14:51 UTC

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