Bus manufacturer NFI Group and recycling company Li-Cycle will be cooperating to offer battery recycling to public transport customers in North America. The partnership builds on a successful pilot e-bus battery recycling program between NFI subsidiary New Flyer and Li-Cycle.
In a pilot earlier this year, New Flyer supplied Li-Cycle with 45 discarded battery modules. The discarded battery modules came to a total weight of 1,450 kilograms and were recycled at Li-Cycle’s demonstration facility.
NFI announced in a recent press release that Li-Cycle is now able to offer battery recycling for all NFI Group brands (New Flyer, Motor Coach Industries (MCI), Alexander Dennis and Arboc vehicles) .
“As zero-emission adoption continues to expand across North American public transit, the accumulation of end-of-life batteries will increase demand for heavy-duty battery recycling. NFI’s partnership with Li-Cycle will provide operators a viable option for battery recycling, in turn delivering full-circle sustainability”, the company adds.
Li-Cycle plans to complete a large battery recycling facility in Rochester in the US in 2022, with an annual capacity sufficient to manage the recycling of materials from approximately 120,000 e-car battery packs.
Li-Cycle already has said demonstration plant in operation in Kingston, Canada. Through it, the company said it determined the “key design criteria for the construction of the first commercial hub” in the US. In March 2020, the recycling specialist announced it had completed its first commercial shipment of recycled battery materials there at the demonstration facility.
The pilot with New Flyer represented Li-Cycle’s first program in the heavy-duty vehicle sector. By transitioning the pilot into a partnership with NFI, batteries from heavy-duty applications are now manifesting themselves as a source of recycled battery materials. The Canadians put their recovery rate rather sweepingly at “95 per cent of all lithium-ion battery materials”.