Tesla Motors launches battery recycling program in Europe

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 28, 2011

Tesla Motors will develop a special program for the recycling of batteries with the help of materials technology company Umicore. This Brussels-based company will be responsible for recycling battery packs fitted on Tesla's models sold in Europe. In particular, Umicore will use the battery materials to build an alloy transformed later into cobalt, nickel and other metals.

The cobalt will be used to obtain high grade lithium cobalt oxide, a material that other battery manufacturers could use.

Kurt Kelty, Director of Energy Storage Systems, said that with Umicore on Tesla’s side, the carmaker has been able to completely recycle the Roadster battery packs profitably.

And Tesla won’t need special financial incentives to promote recycling that would have been required if it had decided to use lithium manganese or lithium iron phosphate chemistries used in many electric vehicles.

Kelty said that Tesla will soon be able to recycle its batteries back into their raw materials. Tesla Motors has entered a similar agreement in North America with Kinsbursky Brothers. Agreements in Japan and the Asia Pacific region are expected to follow in the near future.

Topics: tesla, europe

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

More positive news has been pouring in before the year ends. For those who have been waiting to hear the latest word on Toyota 86, we have some great news....
by - December 10, 2016
Hyundai is making the green vehicle race more competitive by offering three powertrain types -- pure electric (EV), hybrid (EV plus combustion engine) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – in one...
by - December 9, 2016
Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s...
by - December 9, 2016
For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it...
by - December 9, 2016
Chevrolet has already given out the pricing for some of its 2018 Equinox models. Not only will the new Equinox be available in both the US and Canada, it is...
by - December 9, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries