That is not true.

The batteries of electric vehicles are mostly recyclable, but their components are mainly reused for other purposes.

As the battery lifespan significantly exceeds the vehicle lifespan (more than 80% remaining battery capacity after 500 000 km!), they can initially be reused as storage batteries. Many options are possible. Batteries could provide a valuable service to the electricity grid in integrating so-called intermittent renewable energy sources (wind and sun). They could be used in different ways, for example, as a buffer battery or coupled with fast charging stations that need to deliver a large amount of energy in a short period of time.

Such uses are already possible in Africa, where a start-up implements so-called microgrids for remote villages, thus enabling them access to electricity.

The Irish company EATON markets storage batteries made from batteries previously used in Nissan Leafs – xStorage Home supports the energy transition.

For the recycling of batteries, the European Regulation stipulates that the manufacturer must collect the batteries at its own expense, recycle them and cooperate with a recycling company whose procedure guarantees 50% recycling.

Concerning the quantity of batteries to be recycled, the wide use of electric vehicles only starts. We won’t have a large quantity of batteries to be recycled in 10 years.

Nevertheless, manufacturers are already preparing for their position in this value chain, such as Renault, which is joining Veolia and Solvay’s recycling cooperation to work with them in developing a circular economy for metals from discontinued electric vehicle batteries.