How do we dispose of our electric car batteries?

My family has a couple of electric cars and my daughter wanted to replace the batteries when she came to visit because she’s studying to be a mechanic and wanted the practice. But now we have these old batteries, and generally, batteries are dangerous, how do we dispose of our electric car batteries?

Answer
That is very cool that your daughter is studying to be a mechanic and that you let her test her skills on your cars. You’re right; most traditional car batteries can be recycled, but electric car batteries are made of lithium-ion cells which have to be dismantled by professionals.
Like a traditional battery, electric car batteries also contain hazardous chemicals so do not try and take them apart yourself.
Here are some options you have:
  • Check with your car company. A few that make electric cars like Nissan and Volkswagon collect and recycle the old batteries and they might have a program in place to take your old batteries.
  • Look for a recycling company near you. There are a couple of battery recycling companies in North America that will take your batteries.
  • Check with other mechanics. Your daughter might be able to ask her teachers or her mentor what to do with the batteries, they might be using them in classes or have a contact who will take them and recycle them.
If your daughter has left and is headed back to school, then it might be useful to ask a mechanic hotline. You can access a mechanic hotline through a roadside membership with Jerry. Jerry partners with a roadside membership that offers a mechanical hotline where you can reach out and ask your questions about your car as well as get towing, lockout, and many other roadside assistance help so you’re never left stranded.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 26, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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