Energy Storage

13 May 2021

Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle Collaborate to Expand Recycling in North America

13 May 2021  by   

Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, announced an agreement with Li-Cycle to recycle up to 100% of the material scrap from battery cell manufacturing.

The new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells to recycle battery materials, including cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum. Ninety-five percent of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries.

The hydrometallurgical process through which these battery materials will be recycled emits 30% less greenhouse gas than traditional processes, helping to minimize environmental impact.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs received from customers, including any packs replaced through warranty service. Most current GM EVs are repaired with refurbished packs.

Ultium batteries will feature a modular design, also making them easy to reuse or recycle.

Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle will begin the new scrap recycling process later this year.

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