A Class Of Its Own


  • Honda Motor Europe is growing its partnership with SNAM to recycle conclusion-of-existence batteries from hybrids and electric vehicles in Europe
  • SNAM is investigating the possibility of applying batteries in a ’second life’ for the storage of renewable strength in industrial programs
  • New hydrometallurgy procedures permit extraction and recycling of resources from batteries not appropriate for a next-existence software
  • Dedicated web system permits sellers to request Europe-vast selection of used batteries


Honda Motor Europe is growing its battery recycling partnership with SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux) to advance the sustainable usability of its conclusion-of-existence traction batteries. The pan-European arrangement will see SNAM obtain and recycle batteries from Honda’s increasing selection of hybrid and electric vehicles and both likely put together them for ‘second-life’ renewable strength storage utilizes or extract worthwhile resources for recycling if they are not appropriate for that purpose.


Honda and SNAM have labored collectively due to the fact 2013, to assure the traceability of conclusion-of-existence batteries and dispose of them in accordance with European Union environmental specifications. The growth of this agreement will see SNAM obtain Lithium-ion and Nickel Metallic Hydride (NiMH) batteries from across Honda’s vendor network and Authorised Therapy Facilities (ATF) in 22 international locations, right before analysing how appropriate they are for recycling and processing them appropriately.


Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President at Honda Motor Europe, stated: “As desire for Honda’s growing assortment of hybrid and electric autos proceeds to expand so does the need to manage batteries in the most environmentally-welcoming way possible. New market place developments may well permit us to make use of these batteries in a next existence software for powering corporations or by applying the latest improved recycling procedures to recuperate valuable uncooked resources which can be used as feedstock into the output of new batteries.”


Safe and sound and minimal carbon transport is utilised for the selection of used traction batteries. On arrival, SNAM assesses which battery packs are legitimate for inclusion in a new strength storage product. These are then repurposed and created offered by SNAM for domestic and industrial programs.


When battery cells are broken and unsuitable for ‘second life’ programs, resources these as cobalt and lithium can be extracted applying hydrometallurgy procedures involving the use of aqueous chemistry. These can be reused in the output of new batteries, color pigments or as valuable additives for mortar. Other normally used resources such as copper, metallic and plastics are recycled and presented to the market place for use in the output of a variety of programs.


Dealers can set up and request the selection of conclusion-of-existence batteries for therapy and recycling by SNAM’s focused on line system. Assortment can be arranged from centralised storage hubs inside fifteen functioning days, so that sellers do not have to shop batteries at their premises. The agreement applies to significant ‘traction’ batteries used to ability motors in hybrid and electric vehicles, as opposed to more compact batteries used for ignition in petrol or diesel autos.


SNAM is supportive to Honda’s things to do on eco-aware style and design of future batteries, so that the environmental audio therapy of these batteries at the conclusion of their valuable existence can be certain.





Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux (SNAM): SNAM was fashioned as an offshoot of the metallurgical business in 1981, and from the 1990s has set up alone as a major player into the “loop economy”. SNAM’s prosperity of practical experience and renowned know-how make it a person of several companies in the world to have mastered the procedures for processing batteries and accumulators. A subsidiary of the Floridienne Team (chemistry division), SNAM is a enterprise enjoying steady progress: European environmental 14001 Certification acquisition of specialised subsidiaries (sorting of combined batteries, galvanisation procedures, and so forth). For additional facts, go to www.snam.com



Honda Motor Europe Ltd. Honda patterns, manufactures and markets vehicles, motorcycles and ability solutions all over the world. A world chief in powertrain and electromotive systems, Honda provides additional than 25 million engines every year for its three solution strains. Honda Motor Europe has duty for supporting and strategically coordinating all of Honda’s European small business things to do, such as output, sales, advertising and customer help for auto motorbike and ability devices operations.

Honda in Europe has committed to its Electrical Eyesight: that a hundred% of its mainstream auto assortment will be electrified by 2022. The initially model, CR-V Hybrid, was released in 2019. During 2020, it will be joined by the complete electric Honda e and the all-new Jazz e:HEV Hybrid.