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Lithium-ion batteries and recycling

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Merrill, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. Merrill

    Merrill Active Member

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    I would like to hear from someone who is knowledgable about what is currently being done when the batteries in electric vehicles are no longer usable. Are they being recycled and do they pose a contamination problem down the road. The reason I'm asking is that when I talk about my car and electric vehicles in general sometimes the topic of the batteries and what is done with them comes up. I know that there are companies who can recycle the LI batteries but wonder what is specifically being done with them today. Any info would be appreciated.
     
  2. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    This has been espoused upon at great length already; use the search tool upper right corner.

    For the record, Li-Ion batteries are nontoxic, and contain valuable materials for recycling. Tesla is planning to build a recycling facility into the Gigafactory.
     
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    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

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    Umicore recycles Roadster batteries.

    Automotive lithium ion hasn't been used long enough for any speciak recycling, but you can bet that at volume they'll definitely be recycled, just as Toyota recycles Prius batteries and just as Honda eventually were able to recycle their stockpile of dead IMA batteries.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    And that's once they end their life after being used by Solar City.
     
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    Yes Doug I did that but was hoping to find more current articles on the latest technology on recycling, I have only found articles from 2009 to 2011.
     
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    So maybe that Li-Ion batteries will be recycled after 30 years of use?
     

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