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Tesla has had recycled all batteries that they have changed out I believe. JB Straubel has started up a recycling company after he left Tesla. Interesting read.
 

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Obtaining lithium metal from batteries is 5x as expensive as mining lithium.

I was blown away after hearing that. It just seems wrong. But it's corroborated in a Wikipedia article on Battery_recycling.
 

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Obtaining lithium metal from batteries is 5x as expensive as mining lithium.

I was blown away after hearing that. It just seems wrong. But it's corroborated in a Wikipedia article on Battery_recycling.
It references Kijk magazine 2/2017 (no article title given) for that. Anyone able to find the article and read Dutch?

The economics may also be different for batteries from consumer electronics (of many different sizes, shapes, and compositions, mixed in with other battery types and other objects or embedded in broken or failed devices) versus automotive batteries of a smaller number of easier-to-identify types and compositions. Also, recycling may target other more expensive materials like cobalt and yield less expensive materials like lithium and aluminum as byproducts.
 

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There is supposed to be a battery recycling plant being built near the Gigafactory in Nevada.
 

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They bury humans for recycling and look at all the garbage they eat over a lifetime. :oops: Better to have lithium then 50 years of toxic Pringles waste.
 

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There is not much lithium in an EV battery, and there is no way to currently recycle the lithium, but other components can be recovered, though it is 5x more expensive to use the recycled materials than newly-mined materials, so no one does it for economic reasons. In a few years Norway will host a pilot plant for extracting lithium from batteries, so the technology will develop. But without a government mandate or subsidies, EV batteries will not likely be recycled.
 

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There is supposed to be a battery recycling plant being built near the Gigafactory in Nevada.
There is.

"A common question we hear is, “What happens to Tesla vehicle battery packs once they reach their end of life?” An important distinction between fossil fuels and lithium-ion batteries as an energy source is that while fossil fuels are extracted and used once, the materials in a lithium-ion battery are recyclable. When petroleum is pumped out of the ground, chemically refined and then burned, it releases harmful emissions into the atmosphere that are not recovered for reuse. Battery materials, in contrast, are refined and put into a cell, and will still remain at the end of their life, when they can be recycled to recover its valuable materials for reuse over and over again.

Since Tesla battery packs are made to last many years, we are only just starting to receive these batteries back from the field. Currently, most of the batteries for recycling come to us through R&D, manufacturing, quality control and service operations.

Today, we work with third-party recyclers around the world to process all scrap and end-of-life batteries to recover valuable metals. Our recycling partners work with us to ensure that non-valuable or non-recoverable materials from the batteries are disposed of responsibly. At Gigafactory 1, Tesla is developing a unique battery recycling system that will process both battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries. Through this system, the recovery of critical minerals such as lithium and cobalt will be maximized along with the recovery of all metals used in the battery cell, such as copper, aluminum and steel. All of these materials will be recovered in forms optimized for new battery material production."


Just as an FYI, the linked article should be required reading for anyone challenged to the EV vs ICEV argument of ecological impact or why BEV?.

Also, discodanman45 linked the article about J.B. Straubels departure from Tesla about 6 months ago to set up a battery recycling company, so as far as Tesla is concerned, even if it's not financially advantageous to recycle them, they just do. It's how they roll. Can't speak to how Samsung, LG Chem, et al look at recycling.
 
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