Ford Motor Company and Redwood Materials, a leading battery materials company, are announcing a collaboration to create pathways for end-of-life Ford and Lincoln electrified vehicle batteries so essential materials can be recycled to make locally made battery cells.
As part of the pilot, Ford will support Redwood in collecting lithium-ion (Li-ion) and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries from end-of-life, electrified Ford and Lincoln vehicles in California. Redwood will work directly with dealers and dismantlers to find and recover end-of-life battery packs and safely package, transport, and recycle these batteries. Redwood will then return high-quality, recycled materials for domestic battery production, helping to reduce the need to mine and import raw materials such as lithium.
California is one of the most mature electric vehicle markets in the U.S., so when the first major wave of EVs begin to retire, it will start there. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 42 percent of all-electric vehicles in the U.S. are registered in The Golden State.
“We are excited to be strengthening our collaboration with Redwood Materials to identify solutions for electric vehicle batteries that have reached the end of their useful life,” said President and CEO Jim Farley. “I want to thank [Redwood CEO] JB Straubel and the Redwood team for bringing their world-class technology and know-how to our joint efforts.”
Redwood also recycles materials from consumer electronics, manufacturing and renewable storage operations.
Creating recycling options for end-of-life batteries is a crucial step in Ford and Redwood’s commitment from Sept. 2021 to making electric vehicles more sustainable and affordable for Americans by localizing the complex supply chain network, ramping lithium-ion recycling, and increasing U.S. battery production.
The pilot follows other recent Ford announcements about American manufactured electric vehicles and battery components, including the creation of Blue Oval City, a $5.6 billion mega campus in Stanton, Tenn., a total of three new BlueOval SK battery plants in the Midwest, and the doubling of F-150 Lightning production to 150,000 vehicles annually.