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Singapore startups taking a crack at recycling lithium batteries

Coming up with less pollutive methods will boost the sustainability of electric vehicles

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THERE'S a dirty truth behind supposedly clean electric vehicles (EVs): the lithium batteries they run on can't be easily recycled.

Current methods include smelting - which involves high-temperature extraction - or leaching with acids. These processes are energy-intensive, costly and can also produce pollutive substances.

Many companies have therefore opted not to recycle - globally, only 5 per cent of the world's lithium batteries are recycled.

Companies that can figure out a cleaner and more cost-effective solution stand to tap a market projected to be worth US$6.55 billion by 2028, Fortune Business Insights has said.

Singapore-based startups NEU Battery Materials and Green Li-ion hope to be...

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