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Mercedes breaks ground on new battery recycling facility in Germany

Mercedes has broken ground on a new battery recycling facility in Germany, focusing on โ€œclosing the loopโ€ and allowing the automaker to source more battery materials sustainably. Two of the biggest challenges in the industry of electric vehicles are the price of battery materials and what happens with batteries when they are at the end of their useable lives. Yet more and more manufacturers are finding that these two problems can help solve each other through the use of battery recycling. In efforts to source more materials more sustainably and cheaply, Mercedes has broken ground on its first battery recycling facility that will slowly ramp to help meet the automakerโ€™s material demand. Mercedesโ€™ new facility in Kuppenheim, Germany, aims to achieve a remarkable 96% recovery rate for four key materials; lithium, cobalt, nickel, and eventually graphite. It will have an annual recycling capacity of 2,500 tons and aims to begin processing by the end of this year. Mercedes also specifies that the new facility will be 100% carbon neutral as part of the German automakerโ€™s continuing efforts to decarbonize its production facilities in the coming years. โ€œThis is of particular importance in view of the limited availability of important and highly sought-after raw materials such as lithium, cobalt or nickel,โ€ noted Thekla Walker, Minister for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Wรผrttemberg. โ€œCrises such as the corona pandemic or the brutal Russian war of aggression against Ukraine have clearly demonstrated our dependence on supply chains and primary raw materials. Increased recycling can help to reduce this dependence on critical raw materials and thus strengthen the resilience of the economy.โ€ Mercedes joins the likes of Tesla, General Motors, and many others, establishing battery recycling capabilities worldwide. Tesla has already announced that it would make recycled materials a bigger part of its production with the help of Redwood materials. General Motors has worked closely with Lithion to establish battery recycling as part of its planned introduction of numerous EVs in the near future. While at the same time, national governments are also incentivizing many of these projects to help reduce the waste that could become an issue in a wholly electrified future. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Energy granted one of its first-ever lithium battery recycling loans to a battery recycler in Upstate New York, LiCycle. And with the growing need for this infrastructure, the agency is expected to continue to invest in the future. https://www.teslarati.com/mercedes-new-battery-recycling-facility-germany/

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  • Jane Wangui

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    Good news. Recycling it is.

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    • Nelam Pari

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      this is great news

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        A great step in recycling batteries

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        • Daniel Waweru

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          There is hope with such measures, this shows that we will curb the disposing of car batteries completely. It is a great step.

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          • Tabitha Kimani

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            Recycling helps in coming up with more sustainable solutions.

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            • Johannes Luiga

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              Great to hear recycling of car batteries is developing

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              • George Kariuki

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                It's a win-win for the environment and for the company.

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                • Joseph Githinji

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                  This is a great step towards green tech support

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