New partnership to tackle EV battery recycling

Montreal-based Lithion Recycling, Inc., and Call2Recycle Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on providing electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling.

The two companies will combine Lithion’s hydrometallurgical battery recycling process and Call2Recycle’s existing North American collection, transportation and logistics network. In addition to transportation and recycling, they will offer safety and compliance, training, container arrangement, tracking and storage capability services.

“We have heard from vehicle and EV battery manufacturers that a combination of battery recycling innovation and the logistics expertise of managing the flow of these end-of-service batteries and the scrap material from the manufacturing process is the ultimate win,” said Benoit Couture, president and CEO of Lithion Recycling, Inc.

“Together, our organizations will be able to provide a best-in-class, full-service solution and fill an important need for the industry, ultimately making it easier to contribute to the circular economy.”

During the coming year, the two organizations will explore opportunities for efficient integration for their respective services to collect, transport and recycle batteries from the EV industry across North America.

“Our organization has a solid track-record of managing the end-of-life logistics process and recycling of household and e-Mobility batteries in a regulatory compliant manner, and we are excited to augment our full-service management capabilities to the EV sector. This industry is growing at a tremendous pace and by collaborating with Lithion we feel our mutual expertise are stronger together,” said Joe Zenobio, Call2Recycle Canada’s president. 

According to Leo Raudys, Call2Recycle U.S. CEO and president, the agreement with Lithion will for a foundation for Call2Recycle’s expansion into electric vehicle battery logistics.

Lithion’s process allows up to 95% of battery components to be recovered and treated so that they can be reused. In 2023, Lithion is set to launch its first commercial recycling plant, drawing on data from a highly successful Quebec industrial-scale pilot plant created in 2019.