Arrival teams up with Li-Cycle

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Electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival is to work with recycling specialist Li-Cycle on recovering lithium-ion from used batteries

Li-Cycle Holdings Corp, a lithium-ion battery resource recovery and lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, has announced a collaboration with new electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival. Through the newly established collaboration, Li-Cycle and Arrival plan to work together on thought leadership initiatives and R&D efforts to improve lithium-ion battery recycling, while also improving the efficiency of the EV battery supply chain in the USA and Europe.

“Ensuring end-to-end sustainability for electric vehicles is something we are very passionate about at Arrival. This is why we are so thrilled to partner with Li-Cycle to drive sustainability in the EV industry through the advancement of EV lithium-ion battery recycling,” said Deepen Somaiya, Global VP of Sustainability for Arrival. “Arrival is changing the fundamentals of the automotive industry with our new method for the design and production of EVs, and we see Li-Cycle’s cutting-edge, commercial lithium-ion recycling technology as an extension of that transformational approach. We look forward to working together with them to create sustainable, end-to-end solutions that will help us drive radical impact.”

By utilising Li-Cycle’s commercial lithium-ion battery recycling technologies, end-of-life batteries from Arrival’s EV fleets in the US and Europe can be transformed back into battery grade material that could be used in the production of new batteries, allowing Arrival to minimise the lifecycle impact of its batteries. At the same time, Arrival plans to support Li-Cycle’s ability to advance its patented technologies in line with next generation battery technology, while also continuing to improve its resource recovery efficiency.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Arrival to drive technological innovation in battery recycling, while creating a truly sustainable closed-loop battery supply chain in the EV industry,” said Kunal Phalpher, Chief Strategy Officer of Li-Cycle. “This strategic commercial partnership demonstrates our ability to meet emerging new customer demands as we continue to scale our proven, commercial lithium-ion recycling technology, globally.”

The very first road-going Arrival Bus has now been completed at the Banbury R&D centre. It will commence road trials in Q1 of 2022. ARRIVAL