Volkswagen partners with Ecobat for EV battery recycling

The Volkswagen Group has partnered with Ecobat to collect and recycle electric vehicle batteries.

The pair have worked together since 2014, as part of a contract which saw Ecobat collect lead acid batteries for trades part specialists.

G&P Batteries changed its name to Ecobat Logistics in 2019

In 2021, Ecobat opened a diagnostics and disassembly centre in Darlaston. This sees the company collect EV batteries from all around the UK and once on-site, batteries are analysed for state of health and discharged prior to re-engineering or recycling abroad.

Under today’s agreement, high-voltage batteries will be collected from Volkswagen dealers, distributors, and end-of-life recycling centres and processed at the Darlaston site.


Elliott Ethridge, vice president of global sales at Ecobat, said: “We have been recycling lead batteries for VWG UK for a decade, and we are delighted to be able to extend our relationship to recycle EV lithium-ion batteries.

“Lithium-ion is a fast-growing technology, and our recycling operations can handle everything from small-format batteries to EV batteries. We also recover scrap, byproducts, end-of-life, and damaged products to help make lithium-ion battery production more sustainable. Our expertise in recycling and recovering scarce battery materials will benefit both Volkswagen Group and the environment.”

Left to right: VWG’s Alasdair Cook, Sylvain Charbonnier and Vinod Shivhare with Tom Steward from Ecobat


Formerly G&P Batteries, the company was renamed in 2019 to better align with its parent company, Ecobat, which has operations across Europe (see letsrecycle.com story).

Ecobat has upped its focus on electric vehicle battery recycling in recent years, also announcing partnerships with Axil in July 2023 (see letsrecycle.com story).

Axil provides “total waste management solutions” to a range of commercial customers, including the likes of BMW.

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