The EV Battery Recovery Program in Quebec – Another step towards sustainable mobility

MONTREAL (Quebec), July 18th, 2023 – The first electric vehicle (EV) battery recovery program in North America has been launched in Quebec by automakers. The initiative is designed to reinforce existing efforts to recover and recycle EV batteries. With the aim of fostering a circular economy and mitigating health and environmental risks, this program supports the growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Quebec. Let’s get into the details of this innovative program and see where Lithion could play a major role in this brand new program.

The primary goal of the EV Battery Recovery Program is to establish a robust circular economy for electrified vehicle batteries. By encouraging options such as reuse, repurposing, and recycling, the program aims to minimize waste and maximize the lifespan of EV batteries.

Once collected, EV batteries undergo a well-defined process. Depending on their condition, these batteries are classified for various uses. They are either refurbished for reuse in vehicles, reused for other applications, or sent to our new Lithion Saint-Bruno commercial plant to recover strategic metals for the manufacture of new batteries. Finally, some batteries may be sent to our Center of Excellence in Anjou for research and development (R&D) purposes, in an effort to continuously improve our technologies.

It is essential to note that under no circumstances are these batteries sent to landfill sites. The EV Battery Recovery Program strictly adheres to sustainable practices and actively discourages any disposal methods that could harm the environment. By diverting batteries from landfills, the program ensures that valuable resources, contained in Lithium-Ion batteries, are conserved and potential environmental risks are minimized.

Conclusion:

This first EV battery recovery program in Quebec is an important step towards the sustainable management of EV batteries. It will gather information on end-of-life EV batteries and their availability in Quebec, where EV adoption is significant and rapid. By establishing a circular economy, the program not only supports the growth of the EV industry, but also underscores these manufacturers’ commitment to mitigating environmental risks. Thanks to the collaboration between automakers and players such as Lithion, Quebec is paving the way for responsible, environmentally-friendly mobility.

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