March 11, 2022 – Mercedes-Benz is building its own CO₂-neutral recycling factory in Kuppenheim, southern Germany. Together with technology partner Primobius and renowned research institutes, the pilot project is to start in 2023.
Mercedes-Benz is pursuing a clear goal with a view to conserving resources: a maximum circular economy for all raw materials used. Sustainable battery recycling is a key factor in this - worldwide. With our new recycling plant at the Kuppenheim location, we are increasing the recycling rate to more than 96 percent while expanding our own expertise in the area of battery value creation. Through targeted collaborative ventures with high-tech partners in China and the U.S., we are globalizing our battery recycling strategy and taking a decisive step toward closing the recycling loop in e-mobility.
Mercedes-Benz recycling plant in Kuppenheim, southern Germany
The pilot factory at the Kuppenheim location marks the Mercedes-Benz Group's entry into the important field of battery recycling, and will make the company more independent of raw material supplies in the future. At the same time, we are gathering important know-how on the subject of the circular economy and creating new, sustainable jobs that can be further expanded if operations are successful. Sustainability also includes human rights. In this respect, we as the General Works Council, together with the company management, adopted the Declaration of Principles for Social Responsibility and Human Rights last year as a central foundation for our daily actions.
|Location||Mercedes-Benz plant in Kuppenheim|
|Production start of mechanical disassembly||2023|
|Annual capacity||2,500 t|
|Batteries||Lithium-ion batteries from (plug-in) hybrid and electric vehicles|
|Origin of the batteries||Test vehicles, start-up batteries, possibly returns from the field|
|Technology||Mechanical hydrometallurgical process|
|Recovery rate||> 96%|
|Recovered material||Battery-grade recyclate (cobalt, nickel, lithium and in future also graphite)|
|CO₂ savings per battery||Up to 70%|
|Technology partner||Primobius GmbH|