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Battery Recycling

Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:04 pm

The following is from an article written on Clean Technica The most important component of vehicle batteries is lithium. Lithium is already in high demand as it used in rechargeable batteries for laptops, mobile phones, and digital cameras. In 2015 the estimated demand for Lithium is 138,500-265,000 tons and in 2020 the demand may reach 175,000 to 500,000 tons, with most of the demand going towards batteries.

Currently the majority of the world’s supply of lithium comes from Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. While recycling batteries to extract lithium makes perfect sense, financially it is not worth it since the cost to recycle the lithium exceeds the cost of mining new lithium.

So we know there is a market for most of the electric car battery components once the battery is no longer usable. We know there is recycling infastructure in place ( not plentiful but at least in place) but still the fine details need to be worked out before we all jump up and say EV leaves a tiny footprint.

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Re: Battery Recycling

Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:22 pm

Most of the value in recycling car batteries comes from the amount recyclable nickel, cobalt, iron and a few other metals. The difference in battery values depends on the nickel and cobalt content. There is an issue where manufacturers are trying to reduce the amount of nickel and cobalt in batteries but this trend has met its threashold based upon lower battery performance. The EV automobile manufacturers are trying to reduce costs to perhaps bring down the over all cost of the EV but if results of this transfer into inferior batteries they could be forced to change their ways.

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Re: Battery Recycling

Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:00 am

Lithium is still cheaper to mine then recycle but we do know that the electric battery is recycled and won't be a huge problem upon disposal

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Re: Battery Recycling

Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:30 am

There is a debate on whether to re use or recycle is better

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