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Formula E announces partnership with recycling group Umicore

Continuing its efforts for a cleaner and more efficient world, Formula E has partnered with Belgian recycling group Umicore, which will recycle the batteries used in Seasons 1 and 2. 

In the fully-electric championship’s first two seasons, cars used batteries provided by Williams Advanced Engineering. Now, with the help of the series’ new partner Umicore, those batteries will be recycled, in a process that includes “sorting, dismantling, and recycling”, as Formula E announced on an official statement. 

This is another step the series takes towards a more sustainable future, as the metals used in the car batteries will be available to be reused after the process done by Umicore, and still contain their properties. 

The company, which has been recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable ones on a Top 100 ranking published by Corporate Knights, offers a “complete recycling process”, which means there is little to no damages in the environment in the transformation journey the materials go through. 

“Sustainability is at the core of both companies, and to be able to recycle our battery cells with a closed loop approach means we’re doing our utmost to limit the impact we have on the environment – while promoting a wider message of clean mobility”, expressed Formula E’s CEO Alejandro Agag, whose promotion of a more eco-friendly environment through the series continues to go forward. 

“After introducing our battery materials expertise as technology partner with Mahindra Racing in the championship, we’re excited to now also offer our ‘closing the battery loop’ sustainable recycling solution for the end-of-life batteries of season one and two”, explained Kurt Vandeputte, Senior Vice-President of Rechargeable Materials Umicore. 

“The team at Williams Advanced Engineering takes great pride in its foundational role enabling the launch and development of Formula E across its first four seasons, with batteries that ran at better than 99.5 per cent race reliability. We congratulate Formula E on the unveiling of this initiative”, added Paul McNamara, Technical Director of Williams Advanced Engineering. 


Andrea Perilli

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