Volksagen Will Begin Recycling EV Batteries

Volkswagen has announced a plan to handle the large number of Lithium-ion batteries that they will begin installing in their vehicles over the next few decades. In light of Volkswagen's plan to manufacture over a million electric automobiles by 2025, the collateral issues have to be addressed. What will happen to all these batteries when they reach the end of their functional lifespans? Volkswagen has come up with a few ideas that are worth noting. Let's consider these ideas in greater depth below.

Efficient Battery Recycling

The lead-acid batteries found in vehicles with combustion engines are toxic to the environment. In order to protect these materials from leaching into underground water supplies, topsoil, and other places, automotive stores provide an incentive for customers to come in for free battery testing and charging. If the battery is found defective, customers can exchange the core and purchase a new battery. The old battery is shredded and separated into its useful elements to make the new batteries. And its circle of life is complete.

Volkswagen wants to handle Lithium-ion battery recycling internally and is planning to build a centralized plant to shred all the batteries. This plan would eliminate the need for traditional battery recyclers to engineer their own equipment for the task. All the car batteries can be shipped to this central plant and shredded in the most efficient manner possible. Precious minerals such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, and manganese would be reclaimed and purified to reduce the impact of mining.

Portable Charging Stations

Volkswagen also announced that it can convert the aging batteries into portable charging stations. Your average Lithium-ion battery pack holds more power than the typical household uses in a day. Although the battery pack may have reduced function as it approaches an age of 8 to 10 years, it may take just as long for the battery cells to fully degrade.

Considering the demand for instant energy on-demand in remote areas, these lightweight portable packs would be a lifesaver. Volkswagen has designed prototypes that will hold 360 kWh of juice that can be connected to 4 vehicles at once for a quick charge of up to 100 kWh. They can then be shredded and regenerated into new battery packs once they cease to function altogether.

Contact Orlando Volkswagen North if you are interested in learning more about the next generation of Volkswagen models or if you are in need of battery recycling today. We can assist you with your automotive needs.