Tesla Launches Battery Recycling Program Throughout Europe

By Tesla Motors, PRNE
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Unique Eco-Friendly Approach Recovers Important Metals and Reduces Carbon Footprint

MAIDENHEAD, England, January 27, 2011 - Tesla Motors (www.teslamotors.com/) has launched
a comprehensive strategy to recycle its industry-leading battery packs
throughout Europe.

At the end of their long life, Tesla will recycle its battery packs at
Umicore's UHT facility in Belgium. The Brussels-based materials technology
company will use the expended pack material to produce an alloy that will be
further refined into cobalt, nickel and other metals.

After that, Umicore (www.umicore.com/en/) will transform the
cobalt into high grade lithium cobalt oxide, which can be resold to battery
manufacturers. One of the few byproducts of their environmentally-friendly
approach is a clean inertized slag containing calcium oxides and lithium. The
slag goes into the production of special grades concretes.

Umicore's battery recycling technology allows to save a minimum of 70
percent on CO2 emissions at the recovery and refining of these valuable
metals. So it can substantially reduce the carbon footprint for the
manufacturing of Lithium-Ion batteries.

"While we work to help lessen global dependence on petroleum-based
transportation and drive down the cost of electric vehicles, we are also
taking the lead in developing a closed loop battery recycling system,"
Tesla's Director of Energy Storage Systems Kurt Kelty wrote in a new
blog about the process

Tesla has been building and selling highway-capable, fully-certified
electric cars for three years, during which time the Silicon Valley-based
company has championed recycling and use of non-toxic materials
attery-packs). Tesla customers do not pay extra for recycling of the battery
pack, which is expected to last 7-10 years or about 160,000 kilometers under
normal use.

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    Sarah Zimmermann

Sarah Zimmermann, Szimmermann at teslamotors.com, +49(0)1511-6159991

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