Redwood Materials begins recycling batteries from Ford and Volvo electric vehicles

Redwood Materials, the battery recycling company of Tesla co-founder JB Straubel, has launched what it calls “the most comprehensive vehicle battery recycling programwith direct support from Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars.

Launched in California, the program aims to establish effective, safe and efficient recovery pathways for end-of-life hybrid and electric vehicle batteries.

In addition to used batteries supplied by Ford and Volvo, Redwood Materials will accept all state lithium-ion (Li-ion) and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, inviting other automakers to join the program.

In a press release, Redwood Materials highlights the fact that electric vehicles cannot become sustainable and affordable without proper recycling of their batteries.

“To truly make electric vehicles sustainable and affordable, we need to create pathways for end-of-life batteries to be collected, recycled and remanufactured into new battery materials. Large-scale production of electric vehicles, increasingly at from recycled materials, domestically, is the only way we can create a circular and, therefore, sustainable and secure supply chain to meet the electrification plans of the United States.”

The company says it processes 6 GWh of lithium-ion batteries or the equivalent of 60,000 electric vehicles per year, or most lithium-ion batteries recycled in North America today. He adds that he is ready to face the first big wave of end-of-life electric vehicles and that he is ready to support the battery market by identifying and creating collection channels for batteries.

Redwood Materials chose California because it’s the oldest and one of the largest EV markets in the world, which means when the first big wave of EVs start pulling off the roads, it’s going to happen. in California.

In a brief statement, Ford CEO Jim Farley highlighted the importance of battery recycling to the company.

“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Redwood Materials in identifying solutions for electric vehicle batteries that have reached the end of their useful life. This new program with Redwood Materials will help Ford lead America’s transition to sustainable, carbon-neutral electric vehicle manufacturing and ultimately help make electric vehicles more environmentally friendly and affordable for our customers.”

Redwood will work directly with California dealers and dismantlers to identify and recover end-of-life packs, which will then be packaged, transported and safely recycled at its facilities in neighboring northern Nevada. The next step will be to reintegrate high-quality recycled materials into home cell production.

The company’s goal is to demonstrate the value of end-of-life packaging and ultimately create “the most efficient and sustainable closed-loop system that physics and chemistry will allow end-of-life batteries to re-enter the national supply chain.”

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