Ford Partners With Redwood Materials to Recycle EV Batteries

By: | September 27th, 2021

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Automobile industry has a big impact on the planet. But worldwide the clean air policies are also working to improve air quality.

Now Ford Motor Company, one of the biggest automotive companies in the world is moving forward to recycle EV batteries.

For minimizing its carbon footprint, Ford is already electrifying its car and truck lineup. But now the company wants to recycle production scrap and discarded EVs.  This will also minimize the need of mining metals required for battery packs of future vehicles.

Ford is partnering with Tesla co-founder Redwood Materials to handle the recycling and getting recycled materials for lithium-ion cells

Both the companies are going to build a “closed-loop” system that recycles the material of lithium-ion batteries. This will help in creating a U.S. source of raw materials like lithium, cobalt and nickel, and much more. Thus enabling their continued use rather than wasteful disposal.

Lisa Drake, Ford’s chief operating officer in North America, said,  “Closing the loop for us in our end-of-life products and allowing those to re-enter the supply chain will help us drive down costs,”

 “Of course, it’ll help us reduce the reliance on importing a lot of the materials that we use today when we build the batteries. And then it’ll reduce the mining of raw materials, which is going to be incredibly important in the future as we start to scale on this space.”

This initiative could cut down the price of Electric vehicles

Ford’s President and CEO Jim Farley said, “Ford is making electric vehicles more accessible and affordable through products like the all-electric F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit, and much more to come,” “Our partnership with Redwood Materials will be critical to our plan to build electric vehicles at scale in America, at the lowest cost and with a zero-waste approach.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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