Tesla: our used batteries are 100% recycled


Tencent technology news on August 11, Tesla’s business is based on the company’s battery innovation, from the initial electric sports car roadster to the model s play launched this year. Obviously, Tesla’s battery technology has always been a key factor to keep the company ahead of its competitors in the sustainable transportation market.
However, batteries are still prone to criticism, and many critics focus on the non recyclability of batteries. Tesla completely refuted this view in its 2020 impact report. The company said that 100% of its scrapped batteries have been recycled, and no batteries have been sent to the landfill. Tesla also said that the company has established an internal ecosystem to recycle and reuse batteries.
Interestingly, most of the batteries recovered by Tesla are still pre consumer batteries, which means that they are usually developed and quality controlled. The batteries that have been deployed to consumers, such as those used in products such as model s and Powerwall, still perform strongly. Therefore, Tesla can only obtain a very limited number of batteries from the site, and they often come from more widely used vehicles, such as taxis.
As Tesla focuses a lot of energy on battery recycling, the company is seeking to finally realize the so-called “closed-loop system”. The company’s battery recycling facilities at the battery production site are essential to achieve this goal. Tesla added that once battery recycling reaches scale, it may further push its products to the limit.
Tesla said in the document: “although Tesla has been cooperating with third-party battery recyclers for many years to ensure that our batteries will not be thrown into the landfill, we also understand the importance of building internal recycling capacity. On site recycling brings us one step closer to realizing the material production cycle, which will allow raw materials to be transferred directly to our nickel and cobalt suppliers. The facility broke the innovation cycle of battery recycling on a large scale, enabling Tesla to quickly improve the existing design through operational learning and test the process of R & D products. ”
Tesla’s battery recycling efforts are also reflected in the construction of factories in Berlin and Texas. These new factories will have their own battery production bases and special on-site battery recycling facilities. The more perfect Tesla’s battery recovery system is, the higher the company’s operating efficiency will be.
Tesla explained: “as the manufacturer of our internal battery project, we are in the most favorable position to effectively recycle our products and maximize the recycling of key battery materials. As factories in Berlin and Texas begin to manufacture batteries in-house, we expect a significant increase in global manufacturing waste. We intend to tailor recycling solutions for each location to reintroduce valuable materials into our manufacturing process. ”
Tesla added: “our goal is to develop a safe, high recovery rate, low cost and low environmental impact recovery process. From an economic point of view, the cost of large-scale battery material recycling will be much lower than the cost of purchasing additional battery production raw materials, so we expect to save significantly in the long term. ”
In the report, Tesla also said that its “battery pack design is more durable than the vehicle itself”. The company explained that in the United States, the average car “scrapped” after driving about 200000 miles (equivalent to 322000 kilometers) and about 150000 miles (241000 kilometers) in Europe. However, as Tesla pointed out, “a battery with a life of 1.6 million km (4000 charging cycles) will greatly reduce the emissions of high mileage vehicles such as taxis, delivery trucks or trucks”( Tencent Technology (reviser / Jinlu)