Volkswagen has pledged to produce one million electric-powered vehicles annually by 2025. When you consider that the batteries that power EVs have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, the time to look at ways to recycle their components is soon if not now. For one thing a primary goal in producing greener vehicles is obviously to minimize environmental impact. For another, finding the raw materials needed for making EV batteries is going to get increasingly difficult – and expensive.
It’s in this context that Volkwagen has outlined its strategy for recycling components of the battery packs in its electric vehicles.
"As electric vehicles become more commonplace, digging those metals out of discarded batteries can be cheaper than digging ores from the Earth."