The Swedish micromobility company, which offers e-scooter and e-bike sharing services across Europe has signed the partnership with Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions (LBRS), a company with nearly 10 years of experience in handling and recycling lithium-ion batteries. Voi is aiming to achieve a circular supply chain, which includes fully recycling its batteries.
Safe storage and collection
As part of the partnership, LBRS will supply VOI with ADR-approved packaging to place its lithium-ion batteries from its e-scooters and e-bikes, which have reached the end of their useful life, for safe storage and collection from its seven warehouses across the UK.
To support the company’s environmental ambitions, the batteries will be safely dismantled at LBRS’s state-of-the-art workshop in Luton by trained specialists who will extract and fully recycle all valuable elements, such as Copper, Aluminium, Lithium, Nickel, Cobalt and Manganese, for new products.
Growing demand for recycling lithium-ion batteries
LBRS, a fully licensed and accredited company that is part of the Cawleys Group, is of the few companies offering this service in the UK. This has been developed over the last decade within its hazardous waste division to meet the ever-growing demand for recycling end-of-life lithium-ion batteries in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
“This organisation plays an important role in achieving our environmental ambitions by turning our end-of-life batteries into an active resource, which will be extremely important as the recovered materials will eventually aid the manufacture of new lithium batteries,” claims Jack Samler, General Manager of Voi UK and Ireland.
European sourced e-bikes
Earlier this year, Voi pledged to be climate positive by 2030. In a statement the company said “by 2023, Voi’s battery cells will be produced in Europe. Thanks to considerable investments from the EU, European lithium-ion production will soon be a reality. The carbon footprint of European battery cells is expected to be 50% lower than traditional cells in their first year of production and by 2030. Voi is one of the few operators to source its e-bikes from Europe and is working on plans to source e-scooters from Europe in the future.”
Voi is currently operational in over 80 towns and cities across 11 European countries. It is headquartered in Stockholm and employs 1,000 people. To date, Voi boasts more than six million riders and has served more than 100 million rides.