General Motors launches website dedicated to educating vehicle dismantlers on how to properly remove and recycle battery packs from its hybrid and electric vehicles.
According to the website, www.recyclemybattery.com ‘is only intended for vehicle dismantlers who recycle automobiles at the end of their useful life.’ The website includes information on how to disable and remove battery packs from GM hybrid and electric vehicles and how to safely store and ship them. It also includes a list of EV battery recyclers in the United States that accept used EV battery packs.
According to the blog at gmauthority.com, the International Energy Agency, 245 million EVs will be either on public roads or in dealership inventory by 2030, which will therefore make battery removal and recycling an important part of the auto industry.
GM hopes to be involved in the EV battery recycling process, partnering with Canadian-based battery recycling company Li-Cycle to recycle up to 100 percent of the material scrap from its battery cell manufacturing processes. The recycling process will allow GM’s Ultium Cells LLC battery subsidiary to recycle important and expensive battery materials, including cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum. Ninety-five percent of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries, GM says.
GM has recycled 100 percent of the batteries it has received back from customers through warranty claims, trade-ins or leases since 2013. Most current GM EVs are repaired with refurbished packs when they experience a battery problem – a practice that will likely continue and expand as more GM EVs hit the market in the coming years.