New energy from aged cells: Audi and Umicore rise sealed loop battery recycling

Already before a start of a team-work with Umicore in Jun 2018, Audi had analyzed a batteries in a A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid automobile and tangible ways of recycling. Together with a component record experts, a automobile manufacturer afterwards dynamic a probable recycling rates for battery components such as cobalt, nickel and copper. The result: In laboratory tests, some-more than 95 percent of these elements can be recovered and reused.

The partners are now building specific recycling concepts. The concentration is on a supposed closed-loop approach. In such a sealed cycle, profitable elements from batteries upsurge into new products during a finish of their lifecycle and are so reused. The Ingolstadt-based association is now requesting this proceed to a high-voltage batteries in a new Audi e-tron electric car. The aim is to benefit insights into a virginity of a recovered materials, recycling rates and a mercantile feasibility of concepts such as a tender materials bank. Security of supply and shorter smoothness cycles are a goals. “We wish to be a colonize and to foster recycling processes. This is also an component of a module to revoke CO2 emissions in procurement,” says Bernd Martens, Member of a Board of Management for Procurement and IT during AUDI AG.

For Audi, battery recycling is a pivotal component of tolerable electric mobility. From a descent of tender materials to a CO2-neutral e-tron plant in Brussels to a recycling of components, a reward code is committed to environmentally concordant concepts along a whole value chain

Fuel expenditure of a models named:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
Fuel expenditure total in l/100 km: 1.8 – 1.6*
Electricity expenditure total in kWh/100 km: 12.0 – 11.4* 
CO2 emissions total in g/km: 40 – 36*

* Fuel expenditure and CO2 emissions total given in ranges count on a tires/wheels used.