Toyota Motor Thailand has opened a battery life cycle management plant in Chachoengsao to circulate batteries of hybrid cars sold in Thailand. The company has shifted its battery recycling operations from Europe to Thailand to strengthen its commitment in sustainability and eco-friendly cars.
As part of Toyota Motor’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery Life Cycle Management (3R Scheme) project, the new facility will collect and inspect used batteries and sort them into three types of usage, depending on the level of deterioration. High-efficiency modules will be reassembled and sold at a third of the price of new batteries, moderate-efficiency modules are reused as storage cells for buildings and factories, while low-efficiency modules will be sent to Japan for extraction of reusable raw materials like nickel to produce new hybrid batteries. The facility will be able to diagnose 10,000 units and recycle 20,000 units a year.
“We believe that the 3R Scheme will significantly reduce the cost of hybrid batteries, mitigate negative environmental impact and establish a solid foundation in preparation for the future growth of the electrified vehicle market,” said Michinobu Sugata, president of Toyota Motor Thailand.
Toyota has invested US$622 million on hybrid vehicle production in Thailand and plans to assemble 7,000 hybrid cars a year and produce 70,000 batteries at the Chachoengsao plant.
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