The ID.3 and ID.4 models open a new chapter for the Volkswagen brand and the entire Group, by making electromobility suitable for mass production. Electricity is needed to operate the e-vehicles, stored in many small battery cells and modules the size of a shoebox. They are the heart of the e-vehicle – and its key components. But what happens when a battery reaches the end of its life? The solution was discovered by Volkswagen Group Research and Development and made production-ready together with Volkswagen Group Components: an innovative and sustainable process for battery recycling that Volkswagen Group Components is now using in a pilot plant at its Salzgitter site.
Battery recycling in Salzgitter Giving raw materials a second life
Something is happening in Salzgitter that has never been seen before in the Volkswagen Group – the first plant for recycling used electric car batteries is beginning operations. We look back at the development of this innovative and sustainable process.
From research to development: How Volkswagen ended up recycling
We didn’t start too early, but just in time. Now we have the chance to start with a process that is really economically and ecologically sustainable in the end, without having to rush anything