Honda Hybrids Get Even Greener with New Battery Recycling Process
Hybrids have received a lot of praise as eco-friendly vehicles, but they’ve also gotten a bit of negative attention because of the disposal process for batteries once they can no longer power these fuel-sipping vehicles. While the batteries help lower the car’s emissions, it’s hard to discard them in an environmentally responsible way. However, Honda is proving that their popular line of new Prius vehicles (and their hybrid batteries) are kind to the environment at every stage of their lives with a new battery recycling process.
This new method of dealing with retired batteries reuses the rare earth metals that are extracted from the nickel-metal hydride fuel sources. Green Car Reports goes into more detail, explaining, “Using molten salt electrolysis, Honda can extract rare earth metals with 99 percent purity–the same as ordinary traded, newly mined rare earth metals. Up to 80 percent of the metals found in a battery can be extracted, and it’s suitable for re-use on the electrodes of other batteries.”1
So far, the automaker has removed these rare metals from the batteries of 386 vehicles that were deemed unsellable after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The next step for the brand is to repurpose all of the hybrid batteries in cars all over this country, including those in the Woodside area. When batteries are replaced by dealerships like Paragon Honda, the materials will be recycled into vehicles that will eventually appear at our 57-02 Northern Blvd Woodside, NY 11377 showroom.
If you have any questions about this or any of the other innovative technologies that are undertaken by the brand, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can either call us at (877)358-8711 or stop by our dealership today.