VWG UK signs EV battery recycling deal

Volkswagen Group UK has signed an agreement with battery recycling experts Ecobat to collect and recycle electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

As part of the deal, Ecobat will collect EV batteries from dealers, distributors, and end-of-life recycling centres. The batteries will then be processed at Ecobat’s new UK lithium-ion recycling centre.

Director of aftersales for Volkswagen Group UK, Sylvain Charbonnier, said: “As we move to decarbonise road transport, the number of electric vehicles in our car parc is rapidly increasing, and we need to ensure sustainability throughout the lifecycle. Working with our trusted partners, we are confident we can reassure our dealers and customers that we are responsibly moving towards our electrification goals.”

Elliott Ethridge, vice president of global sales for Ecobat, added: “We have been recycling lead batteries for VWG UK for a decade, and we are delighted to be able to extend our relationship to recycle EV lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion is a fast-growing technology, and our recycling operations can handle everything from small-format batteries to EV batteries. We also recover scrap, byproducts, end-of-life, and damaged products to help make lithium-ion battery production more sustainable. Our expertise in recycling and recovering scarce battery materials will benefit both Volkswagen Group and the environment.”