Electric car batteries are being recycled
As written in an earlier article, the number of electric cars has increased dramatically in recent years. There are now more than 4 million electric cars in the world. This is 1 million more than last year. Electric car number 5 million is estimated to be sold during March 2019. The increase in the number of electric, cars has led to a discussion in what will happen to all the used electric car batteries when the cars are finally scrapped.
Will there be piles of used toxic batteries lying around, or will there be solutions to the battery problem?
No. There is no reason to fear piles of toxic batteries.
There is a growing number of recycling facility’s being established for the recycling of used electric car batteries. This is a recourse, and it is possible to make good money on it.
How do they do it?
When the time comes, and the used lithium-ion battery is no longer usable, a recycling facility will take care of it. There are two ways to do this:
If the batterys is completely without power, they are shredded at once so that the metal components, like steel and copper, can be easily dismantled and separated.
If there are any traces of electric energy in them, they are frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed to frozen bits. The batteries have no chance to react because of the liquid nitrogen, so the smashing Is completely safe. After this procedure the metals are separated out for reuse.
It is important to menton that an electric car battery can still be used for other purposes after its life in the electric car ends. Usually at this, point the battery still have around 70-80 percent of its capacity left. So, before they are sent off to a recycling center they can be used as batteries in solar systems, a power wall, or as a power equalizer in the power grid.
You can watch the film in the start of the article from Batteriretur to learn more about the recycling process.
Allso read: What happens to old electric car batteries?