Tesla Motors has launched a comprehensive strategy to recycle its industry-leading battery packs throughout Europe.
At the end of their long life, Tesla will recycle its battery packs. Located at Umicore’s UHT facility. Located in Belgium. So the Brussels-based materials technology company will use the expended pack material. For that’s to produce an alloy that will be further refined into cobalt. Also nickel and other metals.
After that, Umicore will transform the cobalt. Then into high grade lithium cobalt oxide. One which can be resold to battery manufacturers. So Tesla is really battery recycling.
In addition, there is a byproduct of this. They call their environmentally-friendly approach is a clean inertized slag. That’s containing calcium oxides and lithium. The slag goes into the production of special grades concretes.
In addition, Umicore’s battery recycling technology allows to save a minimum of 70 percent on CO2 emissions. That’s at the recovery and refining of these valuable metals. So it can substantially reduce the carbon footprint. All for the manufacturing of Lithium-Ion batteries.
“While we work to help lessen global dependence on petroleum-based transportation. We then also drive down the cost of electric vehicles. In addition, we are also taking the lead. Especially in developing a closed loop battery recycling system. That’s from Tesla’s Director of Energy Storage Systems. His name is Kurt Kelty. For the wrote in a new blog about the process.
Tesla has been building and selling highway-capable. I mean fully-certified electric cars for three years. In addition and during which time the Silicon Valley-based company has championed recycling and use of non-toxic materials. Tesla customers do not pay extra for recycling of the battery pack. One which is expected to last 7-10 years or about 160,000 kilometers under normal use.