Volkswagen Group of America mentioned Tuesday it can accomplice with battery recycling firm Redwood Materials Inc.
Redwood, which was began by Tesla Inc. co-founder JB Straubel, already has partnered with Toyota, Ford, Volvo and Tesla to recycle batteries utilized by electrical automobiles. Redwood additionally has partnerships with Panasonic and Amazon.
VW mentioned in an announcement that its tie-up with Redwood will create a community to recycle Volkswagen and Audi EV batteries within the U.S.
The announcement comes amid Volkswagen’s dedication for 55 p.c of its U.S. gross sales to be EVs by 2030. The assertion mentioned the businesses will use Volkswagen’s dealership community to recycle the batteries. At the shops, batteries will probably be analyzed; in the event that they can’t be repaired, they are going to be shipped to Redwood’s plant in Nevada.
“The collaboration can support local battery capacity and expertise as Volkswagen continues its transition to an electrified portfolio,” the assertion learn.
Volkswagen mentioned it could work with its sellers to create a “circular EV economy” to cut back prices and return uncooked supplies to U.S. battery producers. Redwood mentioned in an announcement that it could establish batteries on the finish of their lives and “recover more than 95 percent of the metals like nickel, cobalt, lithium and copper.”
The partnership will even combine Volkswagen prototype batteries that have to be correctly recycled from analysis services such because the automaker’s battery engineering lab close to its meeting plant in Chattanooga.
At the plant, “they are ramping up their battery pack assembly, which comes also along with training and prototype assembly,” a spokesperson for Volkswagen advised Automotive News. “All these batteries that are being used either in research or in test assembly, they also transform into scrap material right in batteries that need to be properly recycled.”
According to the Volkswagen spokesperson, the partnership will start efficient instantly.