Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Redwood Materials announce an expanded battery recycling agreement that aims to create pathways for automotive batteries used in Toyota's electrified vehicles that have reached the end of their life. The plan also includes an agreement for Toyota to source Cathode Active Material (CAM) and Anode copper foil from Redwood's recycling activities for Toyota's future, new automotive battery production. The agreement builds on the collaboration with Redwood announced last year for battery collection and recycling of Toyota's hybrid and battery electric vehicle batteries.
With a large amount of Toyota's retiring fleet of electrified vehicles being in California, Redwood's Nevada recycling facility will support Toyota's North American supply chain, which will improve sustainability, and help to enhance operational improvements across the TMNA enterprise for a closed-loop battery ecosystem. Toyota's battery lifecycle ecosystem is forecast to include the recycling, remanufacturing, and repurposing of the nearly five million operating units, building toward Toyota's ultimate goals of carbon neutrality for its global operations by 2035 and carbon neutrality for its vehicles by 2050.
Closed-loop Battery Recycling
Toyota has agreed to develop a closed-loop framework that also includes plans to procure Cathode Active Material (CAM) and copper foil from Redwood as part of a long-term agreement. Based on the parameters of the agreement, Cathode Active material recovered and produced from Redwood's recycling activities are expected to feed recycled material into future new battery production at Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC). The use of recycled materials is anticipated to help increase the focus and relevance of domestic supply chains versus the extensive, carbon-intensive current supply chain of procuring outside of the United States. Toyota plans to bring its nearly $14 billion TBMNC automotive battery manufacturing facility online in 2025.