Ecobat partners with CarTakeBack

02 December 2022 | David Young

CarTakeBack, the UK scrap car recycling network, and Ecobat Solutions, EV battery recyclers, have announced a partnership to collaborate in serving the ever-growing need for sustainable recycling of electric vehicles

Ecobat partners with CarTakeBack

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become more and more popular in recent years, with unpredictable fuel prices and changes in work practices hastening the current rate of adoption – with one in five new car registrations now being fully electric, and around half having some form of battery assistance. Consumers, however, remain concerned about the resources and scarce metals required to produce a new battery, and worries about sustainability of this new technology could slow the rate of adoption.

Even though only a small number of hybrid and fully electric vehicles are currently reaching their natural end-of-life, the number of 'premature' (usually accident damaged) end of life electric vehicles needing scrapping has been growing in recent years, and CarTakeBack and Ecobat Solutions have been busy helping businesses, vehicle manufacturers and the public to deal with these successfully for some time now. Whilst generally the issue of recovering and re-using the precious resources used in the manufacture of electric vehicles has not yet been tackled in earnest by the end-of-life industry, based on their extensive experience in already handling these, CarTakeBack and Ecobat Solutions have been planning for the electric future together for years.

Having already successfully collected and handled hundreds of hybrid and fully electric vehicles and bracing for serious growth in the numbers needing to be scrapped over the next three years and into the future, customers can rest assured that CarTakeBack have become experts in ensuring these vehicles are safely and effectively scrapped, with no more than 5% of the entire vehicle going to landfill. Fully trained and competent dismantlers ensure that the components are removed and given a second life where possible, and the batteries themselves are safely removed and packaged up for their onward journey to Ecobat Solutions.

Ecobat Solutions opened its UK EV Diagnosis and Disassembly Centre in Darlaston, West Midlands, in January 2021. Since then, it has processed over 3000 EV batteries, using manufacturer-standard diagnostic equipment to grade units and either re-engineering or recycling them.

Tom Seward, EU key accounts director at Ecobat Solutions UK, commented, "Ecobat is the world's biggest recycler of batteries, and the world's largest producer of lead from the 99% recycling rate of traditional batteries. We aim to bring the same sustainability and circularity to support EV adoption, and offer a full service from collection, through repurposing into final recycling."

EV owners whose cars have reached the end of the road can simply contact CarTakeBack for an instant valuation either online or by calling their award-winning customer services team, then arrange to drop off their vehicle or have it collected at their convenience. Where the vehicle needs to be scrapped, CarTakeBack will ensure that this happens in line with the End-of-Life Vehicle regulations and it is fully depolluted with 95% of the vehicle by weight reused, recycled or recovered. Where the car is an electric or hybrid vehicle, Ecobat Solutions takes on the battery pack and transports it safely for analysis. If the pack is found to be capable of further operation, it may be re-engineered for use in a second-life application like a home energy storage system, according to the wishes of the original manufacturer. If it is truly at the end of its life, then it can be sent to first-stage recycling, and the precious metals can be supplied back into the supply chain for new battery manufacturing.

Together, both companies are accelerating sustainability in the automotive market, providing a responsible and consumer-friendly solution for end-of-life vehicles – and even more reason for UK drivers to feel good about their shift to EVs, at all stages of the vehicle's life.