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MetroMPG 11-30-2008 08:21 PM

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!

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/how...e-4/#clip31212

captainslug 11-30-2008 11:28 PM

Not viewable outside of Canada, but I have seen that episode (and others like it).

And yes SLA batteries are 95% recyclable. VERY few of them actually end up in landfills, unless of course the state/province you live in doesn't sort all of the trash for recycling by default.
I know for sure that Virginia in particular sorts everything for recycling, whether you pay for the recycling bin or not. Both trucks end up going to the same landfill and empty into the same sorting system.

Christopher Jordan 12-01-2008 12:27 PM

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Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 75621)
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.

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

"Not available in California" We miss all the fun :(

I am learning how fast my City-el goes through batteries. My trikes were pedal-assisted- so they lasted longer.

I considered longer-lasting lithium, but seeing the photo below with all the insulation scared me off! The other photo is a standard City-el arrangement. I have Sears DieHard Platinum now and had to buy a special 'Platinum' charger. I sure wish I could liven up those DieHards rather than going through that recycling.

MetroMPG 12-01-2008 01:16 PM

Bummer on the video.

Of course battery longevity has a lot to do with depth of discharge and charging regimen, but you know that already.

TestDrive 12-01-2008 02:28 PM

For those in the USA (perhaps other locations as well?) -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHcP1...eature=related
It's about 1/4 of the way in - just after the part about making an airplane wing.

trebuchet03 12-01-2008 02:49 PM

hmmmm... another narrator for How It's Made Canada.... with all the same corny jokes :p

MetroMPG 12-01-2008 04:48 PM

Hey, good find, TestDrive! I had a look at the US Discovery Channel, but struck out.

Treb- yes the jokes are brutal.

Whenever I watch this show, I can't help but think they're making a great video time capsule for future generations to show them North America's former manufacturing sector!

TestDrive 12-01-2008 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 75791)
I had a look at the US Discovery Channel, but struck out.

Good ol' google.
I forget what the first two attempts were.
Here's the search string that got it done. - youtube "how it's made" battery recycle


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