Recycling of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Our Experience

Müncon advises partners in forming a strategy for the recycling of electric vehicles (=EV) and their batteries in the future. We support our clients in choosing the right technology, planning recycling plants and establish a recycling business model.
With our broad network among the industry, we help forming strategic partnerships for a circular future. Especially regarding our network in second-life applications, we create a seamless transition from second-life to recycling.

Sourcing Batteries for Recycling

As we are already working with second life projects, we are able to supply batteries for recycling. These batteries have either be in use in previous second-life applications or did not pass tests for first or second life usage.

Recycling Technology

Müncon offers know-how in recycling technologies, from mechanical over hydrometallurgical to pyrometallurgical recycling. We support our clients in choosing, developing and implementing the right technology.

Recycling Operation

We support companies in strategically planning, developing and executing their recycling operations. Müncon focuses on logistics, process development and project management.

Business Model Development

Together with our clients, we are also engineering the go-to-market strategy and are working on the financial model of the whole process (Find out more here). Together, we will work on the optimal pricing strategy and develop the business model for recycling operation.

Still missing something? We are always adapting, and our team would be glad to help you with any of your concerns.
Visualization: Recycling of Electric Vehicles - Shredded Batteries
Electric Vehicle Batteries are shredded for recycling

M" EV Battery Recycling Insights

Why is recycling of electric vehicle batteries important?

Batteries in electric vehicles contain expensive, strategic and rare raw materials, including Nickel, Lithium, Cobalt, Manganese and Aluminium. Recycling allows recovering raw materials from used products. In the next steps, these materials are used in new products, e.g., new batteries. This is also called circular economy, as raw materials are reused over and over again. A circular economy is a key cornerstone for a sustainable and greener future.
Re-using the materials through recycling has two main advantages. On the one hand, less battery materials have to be newly mined. Mining is an extremly costly process, which causes a lot of CO2 and is often unsustainable (Müncon also works with companies on sustainable mining). One the other hand, dependence on materials that are only available in a handful of countries can be reduced. Therefore, recycling of electric vehicles is of great importance for our future.

When are batteries due for recycling?

Once Electric Vehicles reach their End-of-Life (typically after around 10 years), the batteries are reused in second life applications. After another 5-10 years, the batteries are technically unsuitable for futher applications. In this case, these electric vehicle batteries have to be recycled. After recycling, the raw materials can be reused in new products, e.g., new batteries.
However, nobody know how long electric vehicle batteries will be in use before they get recycled. Others suggest, that batteries will be in use for up to 20 years in their first life. Additionally, it is not clear, how batteries will be collected and which recycling technology will dominate in a few years and how this will affect the willingness to recycle earlier or later. Hence, a clear answer to this question is not yet established.

How promising is recycling?

New methods promise to recycle more than 95% of a Electric Vehicle Battery. There are three different state-of-the-art methods for recycling: mechanical recycling, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. While these technologies are already used and often combined with each other, multiple other technolgies are under development. Currently, hydrometallurgy is favored by many leading companies. Yet, all process have multiple drawbacks. Furthermore, logistics is an important factor which has to be considered when recycling batteries. For more insights in recycling technologies and logistics in recycling, feel free to contact us.
As more and more batteries reach their End-of-Life, the recycling technology will certainly develop futher. In Europe, millions over millions have been invested in a promising market, while in China and South Korea, established payers have formed over the past decade. These players are also entering the European market, most prominently in Hungary and Germany.
The video below shows an example of how (mechanical) battery recylcing is carried out:



Strategic Topics we cover along the value chain

Inbound Logistics

Sourcing Electric Vehicle Batteries

Collection & Transport

Storage Operations

Battery Testing & BMS Analysis



Planning Operating Site for Recycling

Implementing Recycling Operatins

Optimizing of Recycling Costs

Planning of Logistics



Financial &

Business Model Development

Development of USP

Transport of Black Mass and/or Raw Materials

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