Lohum to recycle end-of-life EV batteries for Tork Motors
The multi-year agreement is for the collection and recycling of Tork’s flagship Kratos R electric motorcycles’ lithium-ion batteries upon reaching end-of-life.
Lohum, which produces sustainable energy transition materials through battery recycling and low carbon refining and battery repurposing, has inked a strategic partnership with electric motorcycle maker Tork Motors. The multi-year supply contract agreement is for the collection and recycling of Tork’s flagship Kratos R electric motorcycles’ lithium-ion batteries upon reaching end-of-life.
At the heart of the Kratos-R lies the patented 9kW 'Axial Flux' motor, which has a peak torque of 38 Nm and 96% efficiency rating. Paired with an IP67-rated 4.0 kWh Li-ion battery pack, this powertrain combination delivers an IDC range of 180km.
As per the pact, enabled by Lohum’s DETX weighted future battery buyback price index, Lohum will recycle lithium-ion batteries from Tork Motors via the NEETM multi-stage hydro-metallurgical process at its 'Reclaim' facility in Greater Noida.
Lohum, which is registered as a R4 recycler under India's Battery Waste Management Rules (BWMR 2022), facilitates EV battery OEMs to go closed-loop. The agreement synergises both companies' vision for circularity to drive the EV revolution and energy transition currently underway in India, while reducing the demand for mined, primary ecosystem battery raw materials, which come at steep environmental and humanitarian costs.
Commenting on the tie-up with Tork, Lohum’s Senior VP of Business Operations Chetan Jain said: “This partnership with Tork will help accelerate the proliferation of EVs in India’s massive two-wheeler segment while contributing to a sustainable supply of recycled, secondary ecosystem energy transition materials from used inventory.”
Kapil Shelke, founder and CEO, Tork Motors said, “When we speak about sustainability, it is not just about emissions and being environment-friendly in the short term. About electrification of automobiles, we also need to be mindful of recycling the batteries at the end of their lifecycle, and we must start planning now for the future. Our partnership with Lohum is another step towards maintaining our sustainability and creating a positive environmental impact in the long term.”
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