Formula E signs on to complete battery recycling

Date: Mar 4, 2019

They say racing improves the breed. Usually that means learning to make cars go faster or handle or stop better. 

Electric-car racing series Formula E aims not just to improve the performance of electric cars but also to inspire the world to buy cleaner, more efficient cars.

Formula E announced a partnership in February with Belgian recycling company Umicore to recycle all the batteries used in Formula E race cars.

Formula E collected spent batteries from racing teams and sent them to Umicore where they will be sorted, and dismantled. Then Umicore will put them through a proprietary smelting and hydrometallurgical process to recover all the metals.

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Series organizers say the metals in the battery are infinitely recyclable, so they can be made into new batteries over and over. 

Such battery recycling has been a key question for electric cars. EV batteries comprise a large portion of the materials used in electric cars and their production consumes resourcesmore resources than building a gas engine, according to automakers.

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