The lithium-ion battery pack used in the Nissan Leaf contains 192 pouch cells, that of the Tesla Model S contains 7,104 cylindrical cells, all bundled into modules that are screwed, welded, and glued together to be controlled as one unit. As batteries start to pile up, carmakers, battery companies, and researchers are trying to save them from ending up in landfills.
Recyclers are primarily interested in extracting the valuable metals and minerals in the cells such as lithium, nickel, copper, cobalt., etc. Recycling wasn’t much of an issue when EVs were still not common. There were 11 million electric cars and busses on the world’s roads by the end of 2020, and according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), there could be 145 million by 2030. Global capacity for recovering raw materials from used batteries is estimated at 830,0000 tonnes a year,
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