Electric Car use precious rare earth metals like cobalt to make batteries and Mercedes is currently building a factory to help recover some of these resources to make electric vehicles more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Scheduled to start in 2023, Mercedes’ recycling program will initially be a pilot program with an annual capacity of 2,500 tonnes. However, Mercedes says a second phase is planned, where the recovered materials will then be used to manufacture up to 50,000 battery modules for the new Mercedes EQ. The battery material recovery rate at the plant is expected to be above 96%.
Jörg Burzer, head of Mercedes production and supply chain management, said that regarding the new plant, “Mercedes-Benz is pursuing a clear goal of conserving resources: an economy. maximum circulation for all raw materials used Sustainable battery recycling is a key factor in this – all over the world”.
Battery recycling has become a big topic in the electric car industry, with questions about whether cobalt found in EV . batteries ethically sourced, due largely to mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Even Mercedes admits it.” [artisanal mining] The situation needs to improve”. Although the German company insists that it cooperates with responsible sourcing company RCS Global in its supply chain.
With most European car companies becoming all-electric by 2030, it is likely that more recycling plants like this will be needed to supply the growing demand for EV batteries.