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By Kyle Linsay
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:01

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Toyota extend battery recycling agreement

Toyota want to increase recovery rate of used Toyota and Lexus hybrid batteries from 91 per cent to 100 per cent across Europe

The hybrid batteries used in Toyota and Lexus models can last longer the vehicles themselves, so often they are only recovered when the cars reach the end of their useful life, or if they have been involved in an accident, but the company is now widening its strategy and targeting a 100 per cent result.

To support this, the company has today announced an extension of its current battery recycling agreements until 31 March 2018.

Steve Hope, Toyota Motor Europe General Manager Environment Affairs, said: “When our customers buy a hybrid, they already know that they are in for outstanding fuel efficiency, a stress-free driving experience and a reliable car. This is yet another reason for a hybrid purchase, as we can ensure their car excels in its environmental performance throughout its lifecycle.”

Used hybrid batteries are still mainly destined for recycling, but TME has started to research options for the remanufacture of NiMh batteries, potentially giving them a second life as a vehicle or a stationary energy source. Stationary batteries can potentially store surplus renewable energy, for example as an emergency back-up, or cheaper, or help manage fuel costs by storing cheaper, off-peak electricity.

Since 2000, around 850,000 Toyota and Lexus full hybrid vehicles have been sold in Europe. Protection of natural resources is a cornerstone in Toyota’s environmental approach, making sustainable recycling of high voltage batteries a priority.

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