EV News: Mercedes takes a major step towards sustainability with new battery recycling facility.
Mercedes has announced the construction of its first battery recycling facility in Kuppenheim Germany, which aims to achieve a 96% recovery rate for four key materials, namely lithium, cobalt, nickel, and eventually graphite.
The facility will have an annual recycling capacity of twenty-five-hundred tons and will be carbon-neutral, relying on a mix of solar energy and green energy purchased from the grid. The facility will play a vital role in Mercedes’ efforts to decarbonize its production facilities and limit dependence on rare earth imports, which have been impacted by various crisis.
The establishment of battery recycling capabilities worldwide is increasingly becoming critical as the number of electric vehicles being sold grows. The US Department of Energy has also granted a loan to a battery recycler in Upstate New York, LiCycle, to help establish more recycling infrastructure in the future.