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Recyling and reuse of batteries


Apr 28, 2009
Amsterdam, Netherlands
More than 1 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide in 2017. The study authors estimate that those cars alone will ultimately result in 250,000 tons of discarded battery packs.
“The idea of ‘design for recycle’ is something that battery manufacturers should have in their heads,” Gaines says. “That kind of thinking needs to go into product manufacturing general.”

The electric vehicle industry needs to figure out its battery problem


Jun 2, 2017
Fresno, CA
Tesla has already laid out the plan for used batteries. They are intended to retire into power walls or energy banks after they're no longer useful in cars, and after that the constituents can be reclaimed. I haven't heard anything from other manufacturers.

Of course, it could all just be lip service.
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Sep 27, 2016
Bainbridge Island, WA
@voyager can't expect a european to track a US company - so you should find informative - have fun.

I suspect that from the very beginning - all founders and early employees of Tesla Motors - were thinking of recycling batteries.
(even lead acid batteries are recycled for decades, right?)
key word is "sustainable"

Tesla is developing a ‘unique battery recycling system’

Tesla CTO JB Straubel has a stealthy recycling start-up and it’s expanding into Nevada
Tesla CTO JB Straubel has a stealthy recycling start-up and it's expanding into Nevada

Tesla battery recycling & Redwood Materials

side note: Lead Acid batteries are toxic. Lead is not good for you - lead poisoning.
Lithium is just a salt and is an essential for all animals? Seems Li is in all animal feed.
Given as a treatment for some people.

Anyway, nothing toxic. BUT only makes sense to recycle - too valuable to just throw away.
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