As Audi strives to do its part in facilitating the transition to more sustainable automobility, the premium automaker fields a robust and growing fully electric lineup that includes the e-tron SUV, e-tron Sportback, and e-tron GT/RS e-tron GT. But while electric vehicles offer significant environmental advantages over their gas-powered counterparts, the impact of lithium-ion battery waste is a real concern. And as EVs continue expanding their market share, the issue will only become more urgent.

Audi and parent company Volkswagen have resolved to tackle the issue head-on, joining forces with Redwood Materials to develop battery recycling strategies and further reduce the environmental impact of electric vehicles.

Through the partnership, Redwood Materials will work directly with Volkswagen/Audi facilities and dealerships to identify batteries at the end of their life and have them safely packaged and transported to its Nevada facilities. There, Redwood extracts and refines raw materials like cobalt, copper, and lithium and uses them to remanufacture critical battery components, which are sent back to domestic battery cell producers, creating a closed-loop supply and recycling chain. Currently, Redwood already recycles more than 6GWh of li-ion batteries—equivalent to 60,000 EV battery packs.

"The path to a more sustainable future requires innovative solutions," said Spencer Reeder, Audi of America's director of Government Affairs and Sustainability. "The partnership with Redwood Materials offers a groundbreaking vision for helping to ensure electric vehicles operate not only without tailpipe emissions, but with a renewable purpose."

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