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Old 11-30-2008, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Video: Lead acid battery recycling

The subject of what happens to old lead acid batteries applies of course to everyone with a car, not just EV owners.

But since EV owners go through so many more PBA batteries than the average person (well, in most conversions anyway - not counting other chemistries), what happens to those batteries is a topic that interests me.

I don't know if people outside of Canada will be able to view this, but I found a video from the program "How It's Made" that shows the car battery recycling process at Exide.

It gives the impression that the battery is nearly 100% recycled: plastic is reformulated into new battery cases; the acid is chemically neutralized; the lead is recycled into new plates for more batteries.

This may only work for Canadian IP addresses. Let me know!

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