BMW's new EV battery recycling program hopes to reduce harm to the planet by giving electric vehicle batteries new life after they've officially died. This new initiative is being run in partnership with Belgian recycling firm Umicore and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt. Northvolt is key to this EV recycling program as the company will use the batteries for storage before stripping them of raw materials that can be reused in other products.
BMW has stated this EV battery recycling program is all part of creating a closed life cycle loop for batteries that is eco-friendly from beginning to end. BMW is already using "mostly" renewable energy to create new recyclable cells, which will then have a second life as a "stationary energy storage device."
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