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GM Follows Ford With Redwood Materials Partnership

Last year, Ford inked a deal with Tesla that has since granted Blue Oval EV owners access to that company’s expansive Supercharger network, a major win in terms of vastly expanding available infrastructure in one fell swoop. Perhaps unsurprisingly, pretty much every other automaker has since followed suit – including General Motors, Ford’s cross-town rival. Now, GM is following Ford’s lead yet again, this time, with a new partnership between it and a company that The Blue Oval is very much familiar with – Redwood Materials.


Redwood Materials has announced that it has partnered with Ultium Cells LLC – the joint venture battery cell manufacturing firm between General Motors and LG Energy Solution – to recycle production scrap such as cathode and anode material, as well as cell scrap, from that entity’s Warren, Ohio and Spring Hill, Tennessee facilities. Those two sites produce around 80 GWh worth of battery cells each year, and Redwood Materials is already taking delivery of most of the scrap generated by each, which averages between 5-10 percent of that total.

Totaling around 10,000 tons of material annually, this scrap will now head to Redwood Materials, where it will be recycled and remanufactured into critical battery components for cell manufacturing. In the process, GM joins not only Ford in these battery waste recycling efforts, but also Toyota, which recently announced its own deal with the same company.

Redwood Materials has expanded quickly since it began its battery recycling efforts a couple of years ago, securing a $2 billion dollar loan from the Department of Energy, building a new plant in Nevada, and moving into the European market essentially overnight after acquiring Redux Recycling GmbH, the region’s leading lithium-ion battery recycler, which has a facility located in Bremerhaven, Germany.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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