Bosch has announced that it has developed special machinery, equipment, and software to tackle the issue of recycling electric vehicle batteries.  

The subsidiary Bosch Rexroth is supplying Battery Lifecycle Company, with Europe’s first fully automated system for discharging and disassembling battery modules. 

“Electromobility can only establish itself in the long term if sufficient raw materials are available for battery production. Recycling plays a key role here and helps place our output on a sustainable footing: we reuse what we use, and we recover raw materials,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the Bosch board of management. “If we want to build a European circular economy, we need to integrate recycling firmly into the product life cycle and create the necessary infrastructure to do so. Bosch is contributing its technical expertise to this.” 

Bosch will present industrial technology for battery recycling at Hannover Messe (April 17–21, 2023). 

The release highlights that optimum recycling can recover up to 95 percent of a battery’s chemical elements and recycle them into the battery production process.  

The automated discharging system developed by Bosch not only simplifies recycling, but also increases efficiency and enhances safety. The system recognizes different battery designs, minimizing risks such as short circuits and fires. 

“What we do today sets the course for tomorrow. The batteries currently being installed in vehicles will have reached the end of their life in 10 to 15 years. We must use this window of opportunity to build the necessary recycling capacity,” says Steffen Haack, CEO of Bosch Rexroth. 

Bosch has stated that after many years of development, the company has developed software and hardware specifically for battery recycling.  

The new site will reportedly recycle up to 15,000 metric tons of battery materials. The plant is expected to be in operation in summer 2023. 

Source: Bosch