Tesla Battery Recycling

by Admin on June 28, 2016

With technological advancements and environmental concerns in mind, electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent and their prevalence will only continue to increase. To add to that, Dutch and Norwegian governments have been discussing only permitting electric car sales and banning gas powered car sales by 2025.

So with the  future looking electric, the thought of all those electric car battery packs may not seem very environmentally friendly. However, it might not be as bad as you think; according to Tesla a majority of their batteries will be recycled.

tesla model s battery pack

Tesla Model S Battery Pack Image from: teslamotorsclub.com

To start with, Tesla is able to reuse 10% (by weight) of the battery – this includes the battery case and electronic components. In North America the rest of the battery recycling is done by Kinsbursky Brothers INC, here they are able to recycle 60% of the battery. While in Europe the batteries are sent to Umicore where they are able to be fully recycle the Tesla Roadster battery packs by turning them into either product and by-product.

An example of a product is lithium cobalt oxide which is made from the cobalt – the most valuable material in the battery, the LCO is then resold to battery manufacturers. By-product includes materials that can be used in construction as a secondary raw material – one example is being mixed into cement. These methods are beneficial by reducing co2 emissions by reducing the need to recover/refine metals, and decreasing the consumption of non-renewable resources.

Recycling the batteries is not only a environmental friendly process, it’s also a profitable one! Helping to ensure batteries are recycled and electric cars are as environmentally responsible as possible. Let’s just hope battery technology and recycling technology keep it that way.

Derek Kubik
PPC Manager

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Todd Coy July 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm


If you can please email me your contact information, I’d like to discuss this story. There needs to be a correction made. Thank you.


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