Mercedes-Benz will recover 96% of the batteries of its electric cars during recycling

Mercedes-Benz is preparing the construction of a pilot plant with which it intends to recover 96% of the batteries of its electric cars when they are no longer useful in the vehicle.

The objective is to reduce 70% CO2 emissions compared to manufacturing a new battery. To achieve this, Mercedes-Benz founded the subsidiary LICULARIAwhich will be associated with Primobius and Neometals. The group will design and build the facilities. In addition, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the universities of Clausthal and Berlin will provide scientific support.

Located in Kuppenheim in southern Germany, the recycling plant aims to sustainably recover materials important for electric car batteries such as lithium, nickel and cobalt.

The mechanical and hydrometallurgical process patented by Primobius guarantees the recovery of almost all the materials of the battery, which will then be reused to build new ones. In this way, Mercedes-Benz would achieve a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, especially compared to manufacturing the component from scratch, the company explained in a statement.

Recycling electric car batteries: lower emissions and less reliance on mining

Recycling batteries with such high material recovery percentages not only reduces emissions when building new batteries. It will also increasingly limit the need to mine materials and gain independence from raw materials.