As EVs proliferate, there’s an growing want to ascertain protocols for sustainably procuring battery cells. BMW plans to collaborate with battery maker Northvolt and supplies specialist Umicore to develop a sustainable lifecycle for European EV batteries.
From cell chemistry to utilization to recycling, the undertaking seeks to optimize each step of a battery’s lifecycle round sustainable objectives. The batteries can be created from environmentally and socially accountable uncooked supplies, manufactured with renewable vitality, used as stationary vitality storage as soon as they attain the tip of their driving lives and, lastly, recycled. The method, Umicore CEO Marc Grynberg explains, “demonstrates a closed loop for prime efficiency, EU-based batteries.”
BMW plans to open a battery cell competence middle in Munich early subsequent yr. Northvolt and Umicore will complement BMW’s manufacturing experience with sustainable growth, sourcing, manufacturing and recycling strategies.
“Batteries have gotten a key strategic query for automotive producers,” mentioned Peter Carlsson, co-founder and CEO of Northvolt. “This partnership highlights the significance of sustainable battery cells within the coming wave of electrification.”
Supply: BMW Group