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Mercedes-Benz begins construction of a battery recycling plant in southern Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Mercedes-Benz on Friday laid the foundation stone for a sustainable battery recycling plant in Kuppenheim, southern Germany.

The pilot plant will have an annual capacity of 2,500 tons and will contribute to the production of more than 50,000 battery modules for new Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles.

Recycled batteries will come from test vehicles and starter batteries. Based on the success of the pilot, production volumes can be scaled up in the medium to long term.

Commissioning of the first phase of the installation – the mechanical dismantling – is scheduled for December of this year. Subject to consultation with the public sector, the pilot plant will be delivered a few months later.

The factory in Kuppenheim is already running CO2 neutral with solar energy and green electricity. Its construction is financed as part of a scientific research project of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

“In Baden-Württemberg and Germany, we are sending an important signal of innovative strength for sustainable electromobility,” says Jörg Burzer, Member of the Executive Board of Mercedes-Benz in Production and Supply Chain Management.

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Thekla Walker, Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy in Baden-Württemberg, said he was pleased that Mercedes-Benz was promoting the topic of circular economy.

“This is of particular importance given the limited availability of key raw materials in high demand, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel,” she said.

(Reporting by Emma-Victoria Farr, Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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