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Tesla Claims New Recycling Process Recovers 92% of Cell Material

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August 11, 2021—Tesla released more information Monday about its future plans for large-scale battery recycling, claiming it can recover around 92 percent of battery cell materials with its new recycling process.

Despite working with third-party recyclers to recover materials in the past, a report from Electrek says the EV manufacturer has be working on its own "unique battery recycling system" for the better part of three years. 

"While Tesla has worked for years with third-party battery recyclers to ensure our batteries do not end up in a landfill, we understand the importance of also building recycling capacity in-house to supplement these relationships," Tesla officials said in a statement. "Onsite recycling brings us one step closer to closing the loop on materials generation, allowing for raw material transfer straight to our nickel and cobalt suppliers."

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