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Tesla Battery Recycling: How Recycle Technologies is Paving the Way for Sustainable EV Technology

June 14, 2023
Like most batteries, tesla batteries can last as long as you use them. Once their usefulness ends, they...
Like most batteries, tesla batteries can last as long as you use them. Once their usefulness ends, they...
Tesla Battery

Like most batteries, tesla batteries can last as long as you use them. Once their usefulness ends, they become dead. It is common sense to recycle them, but we don't do that. Instead, we throw them in the trash. Dire actions lead to dangerous consequences. You may spend time in a jail cell for this action. So why do that? Do the justified things and recycle your used-up Tesla batteries.

According to the International Energy Agency, it is estimated that between 2019 and 2030, EV battery demands will grow 17-fold. Does such a situation alleviate many concerns, like what resources are involved? What would be the environmental impacts of extracting them? Can they be recycled?

Recycle Technologies Inc. is a well-reputed recycler providing recycling facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Our recycling and shredding services cover almost all of the e-waste which also includes car batteries, specifically Tesla batteries. You can easily recycle your e-waste through our pickup service or you can drop it at 4000 Winnetka Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55427, 1480 North Springdale Road, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Problem with Tesla batteries:

Electric cars may have several environmental advantages, producing lower emissions and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. But on the other hand, the following are several environmental concerns:

Limited lifespan:

Tesla batteries have a limited lifespan, typically lasting around 8–10 years. They must be recycled or disposed of once they reach the end of their useful life. Recycling EV batteries is a complex and energy-intensive process that requires specialized facilities. Facilities that Recycle Technologies can provide. Our recycling centers are ready to receive your spent Tesla batteries. You can reach us at.

Recycling challenges:

Currently, only a small percentage of Tesla batteries are recycled. Not properly recycling Tesla batteries can release toxic chemicals and greenhouse gasses. There is also a need for more recycling facilities, meaning many batteries end up in landfills or are exported to countries with less strict environmental regulations. Worry no more! Recycle Technologies Inc. provides you with the facility to recycle Tesla batteries and work towards green earth. To avail of our service, contact us here.

End-of-life disposal:

EV batteries typically get damaged because of the time, temperature, and cycles. The functioning temperature has a significant influence on EV battery durability. In short words, we can say warmer climates have adverse effects on the lifespan of EV batteries. 

When the dead batteries are tossed away into the landfills, they decline and leak in time. As time passes, batteries rust, and their chemicals mix up into the soil and result in contamination. 

Lead and mercury are two examples of heavy metals that can harm our skin and eyes in addition to causing burns. The harmful components of EV batteries are what the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry refers to as carcinogens. Radiation and other substances can be active agents when these two are around. To avoid such hazardous outcomes, EV battery recycling is a must. Tesla batteries have many environmental challenges that need to be addressed through responsible EV battery recycling practices.

Also Read: Why Recycle Technologies Is Best For Tesla Battery Recycling?

How long does a Tesla battery last?

The overall life and range of electric car batteries are considered to be one of the main concerns for potential electric car buyers. Tesla has been at the forefront of development, with many of its models having 250–400 miles of range.

But how long will a Tesla battery last? Well, that is entirely dependent on temperature, cycles, and timing. On average, Tesla owners can expect a range of 267 miles on a single charge of their car’s battery.


Types of Tesla batteries

            As seen in the following table Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y have different ranges after the total charge.


These are the stats provided by Tesla, as shown in the above table. After a full charge, all the S,3, X, and Y have different ranges. The available mile range depends entirely on driving conditions to maximize your car’s battery and battery capacity. Model S is the longest-range Tesla model at 375 miles per full charge.

If you own a Model 3 Standard, you won't need to stop along the way for another charge since you can drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (270 miles) on a single full charge. Regardless of which Tesla model you choose, you can rely on the company's network of Superchargers to give you enough range to get you both to and from work every day and on longer journeys. Regardless of the Tesla model you select, you can rely on this.

What happens if you don't properly dispose of a Tesla battery?

 The improper disposing of batteries leads to water contamination and air pollution. When depleted Tesla car batteries are tossed into the trash, they decay and leak into the soil. As the EV batteries corrode, their chemicals soak into the ground, resulting in hazardous consequences. The lithium-ion batteries contain metals like cobalt, manganese, and nickel, which are severely toxic to human health and the ecosystem. 

Are Tesla batteries recyclable?

          Any kind of Tesla battery which no longer serves its purpose needs to be recycled; we cannot throw them into landfills. When contacting the soil, hazardous chemicals in EV car batteries lead to severe consequences. The solution is to recycle them; according to CleanTech, they are indeed 92% recyclable.

Tesla Battery Recycling

Does Recycle Technologies Inc recycle Tesla batteries? 

Recycle Technologies Inc is paving the way for electric car battery recycling as the world adopts new EV technologies. We recycle Tesla batteries as well. Studies show that the chemical substances in Lithium batteries (Tesla batteries) can severely impact human toxicity and ecosystem pollution. Recycling Technologies Inc. aims to minimize such severe outcomes to a possible extent.

Our primary services for Tesla battery recycling are

Mail-in Program:

Electric car batteries are not eligible for the Mail-in program. You can view here all the items we accept in the Mail-in program. We also provide cardboard boxes that can house light bulbs, lithium-ion batteries, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps, etc., with prepaid shipping tags. You can reach us, so we can guide you on keeping your items that are good to transport.

Tesla batteries drop-off:

We also welcome you to our Recycle Centers to drop off your Tesla batteries for recycling by fulfilling your responsibility towards society.

Our service area as a recycler extends out to a hundred miles. When you work with us, you'll have several options for disposing of your electronics on time. We have a team waiting to answer any questions or concerns you may have. For any queries, you can contact us here.

Bulk Request:

Sometimes you have a bulk of e-waste and want to dispose of it. In such situations, Recycle Technologies Inc. is here to help. We provide you with REQUEST A PICKUP service. 


Are Tesla batteries 100% recyclable?

Any Tesla battery which isn’t meeting the customer’s battery needs to be recycled as they are considered to be 92% recyclable. We just cannot throw them away as they contain hazardous substances and lead to soil and water contamination. 

How long do Tesla batteries last?

Numerous variables affect how long a Tesla battery lasts, including how often it is charged and how often it is used. Still, Tesla backs the power packs in the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 for eight years or 120,000 miles. Eight years or 150,000 miles, is the warranty length for the Model Y and Model S/X Long Range vehicles.

Are Tesla batteries hazardous waste?

Under typical usage and disposal settings, Tesla batteries do not harm the environment. Tesla batteries, like all batteries, contain chemicals and metals that, if not correctly disposed of, can be hazardous to human health and the environment.

What Happens to Dead EV Batteries?

When an electric vehicle's batteries end their useful life, the car loses its functional performance. Although these batteries look “dead,” they contain precious metals and other components that can be recycled and reused.


Hirons, R. (2022, September 13). How long does a Tesla battery last?

Global EV Outlook 2020 – Analysis—IEA. (n.d.). IEA.

Crider, J. (2022, May 8). Tesla’s Recycled Batteries: Almost 92% Reuse Of Raw Materials. CleanTechnica.

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