There’s been a growing movement to try and reduce the emissions of harmful gases that come from both petrol and diesel vehicles. In recent years, many car companies have been working to develop electric vehicles, or EVs, as an eco-friendly alternative.
EVs are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which not only produce far fewer emissions than traditional petrol and diesel cars but also help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Although the popularity of electric vehicles is on the rise globally, there are still some concerns that users have about them – specifically, what to do with lithium-ion batteries when they reach the end of their lifespan. With an estimated 245 million cars on the road by the year 2030, that’s more than 11 million tons of spent batteries that need to be managed. And while Li-ion battery recycling is an option, it’s not always clear how to do it safely and responsibly.
Let us explore some of the key concerns around Li-ion battery recycling, and what options are available for disposal and recycling.
The recycling of EV batteries is important for several reasons. Firstly, cathode metals such as nickel and cobalt are in high demand. Recycling these materials helps to reduce the need for virgin mining. Secondly, Li-ion battery recycling can help to reduce the amount of battery weight. This is because cathode materials make up a significant portion of the battery weight.