New report urges B.C. to become region’s leader in recycling electric vehicle batteries

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As electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity, a clean energy think tank is urging British Columbia to take the national lead on the recycling of EV batteries.

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New to Pembina Institute. According to the U.S., most EV batteries have an estimated average lifespan of between eight and 15 years. closing the loop report good, Which means the first EVs to hit the road in North America are already reaching the end of their battery life.

“Recycling and reusing metals and minerals can and must play an important role in materials”
Supply and emissions reduction for our transition to sustainable transport,” the report reads.

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According to BC Govt. there are others More than 54,000 EVs were registered in the province – the most recorded in North America.

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If the province meets its goals of EV ownership in the province, there could be 107,000 of them in three years and about 500,000 by 2030.

“There’s a lot of environmental impact every time you get off the ground, so we don’t want to let those things go back into the ground,” said Shane Thompson, president of Retrive Technologies, which specializes in battery recycling.

The company has the largest Tesla battery recycling facility in the Pacific Northwest, located in Trail, a small town in BC’s western interior.

“We make a material where we’re holding part of the battery containing nickel, cobalt, lithium and manganese, and we’re shipping it to another facility in Canada where the nickel and cobalt are eventually recovered,” he explained.

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The technology still needs improvement, Thompson said, so other materials could easily be used in EV batteries as well.

Under the provincial government’s current plan, only zero-emission vehicles will be sold in BC by 2040.

Its “Stepward Approach” For province-wide hybrid and EV battery recycling, however, will not take effect until late 2023 or early 2024, with all programs set to become operational in 2026.

“British Columbia has recognized that a circular economy is an important way to reduce emissions, and British Columbia can certainly demonstrate leadership on this,” said Karen Tam Woo, regional director of the Pembina Institute.

The group’s report urges the B.C. government to accelerate implementation of its recycling regulations from 2026 to 2023, and work with Ottawa to establish material targets for incorporating recycled metals and minerals into EV batteries produced in Canada. Is.

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