May 11, 2021
Original article published in The Detroit News
Detroit —General Motors Co. and battery cell manufacturing partner LG Energy Solution are partnering with a Canadian company to recycle battery cell manufacturing scrap — a move that aims to achieve environmental goals and cut costs.
Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between GM and LG, will work with recycling company Li-Cycle Corp. to recycle up to 100% of the material scrap from battery cell manufacturing with 95% percent of the materials going to the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries, the automaker said Tuesday.
Figuring out the recycling of raw battery materials, including lithium and cobalt, is an important step for all automakers to make, experts say, one that will continue to be important as automakers increase electric vehicle production.