One of the misconceptions regarding electric vehicles is the recycling of unused components. Many people still believe that used batteries from electric vehicles will just be thrown away when they expire.
But Li-Ion batteries are too precious to just throw away. Tesla recently reported that it has recycled 92% of the raw materials in used Li-Ion batteries to be used as new batteries.
Unlike cars with internal combustion engines that use fossil fuels and then break them down into lethal chemicals and harmful gases, Li-Ion batteries in electric vehicles can be reused indefinitely and over and over again.
Tesla is already doing its own battery recycling, and the 2021 Environmental Impact Report shows that nearly all of Tesla’s Gigafactories have successfully recycled all the batteries they produce.
Giga Nevada is the largest recycling plant with a recycling production rate of 50 tons per week. The battery recycling facility will be extended to all Tesla-operated battery factories, including Giga Berlin as well as Giga Austin.