Ford, Volvo, Redwood Materials begin recycling EV batteries

CARSON CITY, Nevada: Redwood Materials, in partnership with Ford and Volvo, announced this week that it will begin operating its electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling program.

Company officials said that when an electric vehicle’s battery pack is no longer suitable for powering a car, it must be recycled.

Redwood, which was founded in 2017 by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel and received investment from Amazon and others, will work with dealers and dismantlers to process used battery packs.

It will then send the packs to its facility in Nevada for recycling. Some materials will find their way into Tesla battery packs later this year.

Redwood, Ford, and Volvo are covering the cost of the program.

Redwood said it will accept any lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride batteries from EVs or hybrids.