Recycling and second-life are the fundamental prerequisites for sustainable electric mobility. As more e-vehicles take to the road, awareness of the raw materials required and their disposal is increasing. What happens with lithium-ion batteries from e-vehicles, when they are no longer rolling down the street?
Recycling is a prerequisite for societal acceptance of electric mobility in Europe. In addition, because of the limited availability of resources, recycling is also an issue of economic sustainability. China in particular has recognised the economic potential of recycling. A market or an efficient closed loop management which ensures that above all, car batteries will be recycled, does not yet exist however.
The latest NOW factsheet on electric mobility and recycling addresses capacities, various procedures and the economic efficiency of recycling and highlights challenges and recommended actions.