EV batteries cause China recycling concerns
October 26, 2017  Colin Staub


China’s early adoption of electric vehicle usage means the country is also
getting an early look at the next big material in the waste stream:
lithium-ion batteries.

Reuters reported [
] the first wave of end-of-life electric vehicles is anticipated to hit
China in the next few years. The country started promoting electric vehicles
eight years ago, and experts predict next year could bring as much 170,000
metric tons of the lithium-ion batteries that power the vehicles into the
end-of-life stream.

Officials want electric vehicles to make up a fifth of total car production
by 2025, according to Reuters. Through August of this year, Chinese
manufacturers produced 6.7 billion batteries, up 51 percent from the
year-earlier period.

The large addition to the waste stream brings opportunities for recovery but
also presents challenges for the recycling industry. Recycling operations
told Reuters the cost to process the lithium-ion batteries currently exceeds
their value. There is also substantial variation between different vehicle
batteries, causing difficulties in automating the recycling process.

China may be poised to see the waste stream changes first, but experts are
predicting similar growth in the U.S. An end-of-life battery broker [
] recently told E-Scrap News about the safety hazards and cost challenges of
dealing with electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries. He also described how
experts are concerned the batteries could turn into the next problematic
[© 2017 Resource Recycling]
Toyota has no Plans of Sharing its Game-Changing EV Batteries
 ... Even though Toyota is working with Mazda and Denso on electric
vehicles, the automaker will keep its battery development in-house ... hope
to increase battery density by around 50 percent compared with a same-sized
lithium-ion cell ...

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