New Li-Cycle partnership extends sustainable battery recycling to e-scooters and e-bikes
Ontario-based EV battery recycler Li-Cycle is teaming up with vehicle-sharer Helbiz to recycle lithium-ion batteries from micro-mobility choices like e-scooters and e-bikes
A brand new international partnership between Ontario-based battery recycler Li-Cycle and a New York-based micro-mobility vehicle-sharing transportation firm is taking the battery recycling course of past simply four-wheeled EVs.
Helbiz is a serious participant within the micro-mobility business, providing city ride-sharing companies with fleets of e-scooters and e-bikes in each North America and Europe. Recognizing the strategic significance of being actively concerned within the recycling of its battery merchandise, it sought out Li-Cycle — a associate with needed experience to assist Helbiz meet its sustainability targets.
Past these two corporations, the partnership may additionally serve for example for the sector and for corporations searching for comparable objectives.
“We’re proud to associate with Li-Cycle and stay up for working intently with their staff to develop and implement a secure and sustainable recycling answer for the batteries utilized in our e-scooters and e-bikes,” mentioned Ruggero Cipriani Foresio, chief advertising and marketing officer of Helbiz in a press release.
“This collaboration additional helps our dedication to worldwide sustainability and our dedication to steer every metropolis we function in in direction of a greener future.”
Battery recycling will solely improve
Li-Cycle’s course of — which it calls “Spoke & Hub Applied sciences” — will likely be used to get well end-of-life batteries from the Helbiz scooters and bikes, safely extract the important supplies after which reintroduce them into the availability chain.
“Within the coming months, Li-Cycle expects to recycle 500 lithium-ion batteries from Helbiz e-bikes and e-scooters, with quantity set to extend heading into 2022 as Li-Cycle helps Helbiz’s operations in the USA and overseas,” reads the joint assertion.
Li-Cycle’s chief business officer, Kunal Phalpher, mentioned of this system, “This partnership represents a vital first step for our collaboration as we search to create a closed lithium-ion batter recycling loop on a world scale. Collectively, we intend to get well invaluable supplies from previous scooters and e-bikes to be reused in new ones in cities all over the world by way of a very sustainable, fit-for-purpose pathway.”
The purpose of Li-Cycle’s assist is to attain Helbiz’s internet zero emission goal for 2022. Li-Cycle can also be aiming to attain its personal 100 per cent battery materials recycling objective (at present the corporate says they can recycle 95 per cent of the supplies). Finally, the collaboration focuses on advancing sustainability efforts within the e-scooter and e-bike sector and decreasing the environmental footprint.
Lately, Phalpher joined a panel hosted by Electrical Autonomy Canada inspecting the recycling business as a part of Canada’s nationwide EV battery provide chain. In that dialogue, Phalpher mentioned his sector is on a dramatic progress curve: “Curiosity and a focus to this matter has drastically elevated.”
Phalpher indicated Li-Cycle, together with different battery recyclers, are anticipating accelerated adoption and competitors for contracts with recyclers over the following decade.
“This can be a very quickly evolving business and expertise, he mentioned. “The vital materials methods that these corporations have been speaking about lends itself to recycling.”