Just as important as supplying batteries for future cars is dealing with older batteries, Straubel added. Redwood is already recycling batteries from the first generation of EVs that hit the market and expects a flood of older batteries from California to hit the supply chain in the coming years.
Recycling will play a key role in Ford’s EV strategy, said Lisa Drake, North America chief operating officer for Ford. “Our work with Redwood will, by design, help ensure the infrastructure is in place to cost-effectively recycle end-of-life Ford batteries to create a robust domestic materials stream and drive down the cost of electric vehicles,” Drake said.
“This approach will help ensure valuable materials in end-of-life products re-enter the supply chain and do not wind up in landfills, reducing our reliance on the existing commodities supply chain that will be quickly overwhelmed by industry demand.”