Honda's xEV Batteries In Europe To Be Recycled By SNAM
Let’s send all the old ‘traction’ batteries to France…
Honda Motor Europe announced an expansion of the partnership with French recycling specialist SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux), with whom it has been working since 2013 (to ensure the traceability of end-of-life batteries).
The new agreement includes collection of the end-of-life xEVs (BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs) large ‘traction’ batteries (lithium-ion or NiMH) from dealers/authorised partners in 22 countries. Then, SNAM will investigate the possibility of:
All the old batteries will be sent to France it seems
The Japanese company is fully aware that as the sales of hybrid and electric vehicles reach high volume, the used batteries need to be repurposed or recycled “in the most environmentally-friendly way possible”.
The starter lead-acid batteries are recycled at a rate of 99%. In the case of lithium-ion batteries, a lot depends on the particular chemistry, but a goal set by some companies is for 80% (instead of 50% conventionally).
“When battery cells are damaged and unsuitable for ‘second life’ applications, materials such as cobalt and lithium can be extracted using hydrometallurgy techniques involving the use of aqueous chemistry. These can be reused in the production of new batteries, colour pigments or as useful additives for mortar. Other commonly used materials including copper, metal and plastics are recycled and offered to the market for use in the production of a variety of applications.”