The topic of recycling electric car batteries has just come to the fore at Tesla. In Shanghai, the manufacturer has published documents to the local authorities on new installations in its Gigafactory.
The US-American manufacturer of electric vehicles (Tesla), Tesla Inc, plans to set up facilities for the repair and recycling of key components such as electric motors and battery cells at its Shanghai plant. This emerges from a document that Tesla presented to the authorities in Shanghai, ”Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Tesla is seriously starting to talk about recycling batteries, and that’s a good thing. The brand has been marketing its Model S for almost a decade, and the issue of returning the batteries and components of their electric cars will gain its full significance in the near future as more and more copies are recycled.
From battery recycling to Giga Shanghai
In November 2020, Germany punished Tesla with an insignificant fine (12 million euros), but it was not insignificant. Regarding recycling, the state had put its finger on the manufacturer for not transparently offering its customers a recovery plan for used batteries.
Since April 2019, however, Tesla has announced the introduction of a “unique battery recycling technology” that will “lead to significant savings over the long term”. In its defense, the manufacturer is not concerned with reusing batteries after energy storage components, but rather recycles them to make new batteries.
Renault, Hyundai and even BMW were much more in favor, although strategy is gradually changing. In Flins, in Renault’s historic plant near Paris, a new battery recycling center will be set up by 2025, from which the manufacturer intends to derive a new source of income.
China is still the largest market for electric cars in the world. In 2020, 1.3 million 100% electric or hybrid devices were sold. If you look to the Tesla plant in Shanghai to start a new recycling activity, it could be several years before the car arrives first wave of Model S, Model 3 and Model X at the end of their life. The first Model 3 was released by Giga Shanghai on December 30, 2019.