Hyundai Canada has announced an agreement with Lithion Recycling on the recovery and recycling of batteries from its lineup of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles (EVs).
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Lithion says its process can recover and treat up to 95% of components in lithium-ion batteries. This allows them to be reused by battery manufacturers, increasing the sustainability of the EV production cycle.
“Developing electric vehicles has been a priority of ours for many years. Hyundai is now Canada’s largest distributor of mainstream electric vehicles, of which we are very proud,” said Michel Poirier, Director of Customer Experience and Aftersales with Hyundai Auto Canada. “As a result, we need to be proactive and develop a sustainable end-of-life disposal model for these batteries.”
Lithion currently has a 10,000 square foot plant in Anjou, Quebec where it is going through the last development stages of its industrial scale pilot.
The company is targeting to open its first commercial plant in 2022, with plans to increase to 20 recycling plants through licensing agreements with partners.
No financial details of the deal were disclosed.