Glut of Spent Batteries on the Horizon
April 27, 2021—The BBC is out with a story exploring what could happen once electric vehicles are more common and thousands of batteries reach their useable limits.
The short answer is that there isn't really a solution yet. Lithium ion batteries are tougher to dismantle and recycle than traditional lead acid batteries.
"It's something that's never really been done before at that rate of growth for a completely new product," says Paul Anderson, co-director of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials, told the BBC.
Companies are experimenting with recycling plants, but the availability of these services is going to have to increase alongside the use of EVs.