Second life in Europe for Honda EV batteries

Second life in Europe for Honda EV batteries

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By Nick Flaherty

The deal provides for the Europe-wide collection and recycling of used Honda EV batteries to prepare them for the second life. If reuse is not possible, valuable materials are recovered from the batteries and recycled.

Honda and SNAM have already been working together since 2013 on solutions for the traceability and disposal of used EV batteries in accordance with the environmental standards of the European Union. Based on the new expansion, SNAM will in future collect lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries from Honda dealers and authorised recycling facilities in 22 countries and test their suitability for recycling and further processing.

With the increasing popularity of hybrid and battery electric vehicles, there is also a growing need to handle the vehicles’ spent batteries in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In the light of recent developments in the market, it has now become possible to use these batteries beyond their first life cycle to supply electricity to businesses or to use optimised recycling techniques to obtain valuable raw materials that can then be used to produce new batteries.

For the collection of the used traction EV batteries, SNAM will use low-CO2 means of transport. The company will then test and evaluate which battery packs are suitable for use in new energy storage devices. These are then processed and made available for domestic or industrial applications.

If battery cells are damaged and unsuitable for recycling, raw materials such as cobalt or lithium can be extracted from them. For this purpose, certain hydrometallurgical processes using aqueous solutions are used. The raw materials can be used in the production of new batteries, for the manufacture of colour pigments or as mortar additives. Other materials such as copper, metal and plastics are also recycled and marketed for subsequent use in the manufacture of various products.

Through SNAM’s online platform, dealers have the opportunity to request the collection of spent batteries for further recycling. The collection is to take place within 15 working days via central storage centres, which should save dealers from having to store batteries on their own premises. Not included in the agreement between Honda and SNAM are ordinary lead-acid batteries as used in internal combustion engine vehicles.

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