Although it is already collecting 91% of its hybrid batteries for recycling, Toyota Motors Europe (TME) plans to increase this to 100%.
TME plans to collect the batteries through its own network and also through end-of-life vehicle (ELC) treatment operators across Europe.
As a result, TME has extended its current battery recycling contracts with SNAM in France and Unicore in Belgium until March 2018.
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TME environmental affairs general manager Steve Hope said: “When our customers buy a hybrid, they already know that they are in for outstanding fuel efficiency, a stress free driving experience and a reliable car.
“This is yet another reason for a hybrid purchase. We ensure customers that their car excels in environmental performance during its entire lifecycle, giving customers another good reason to fall in love with hybrid.
“Today used hybrid batteries are still mainly destined for recycling. However, TME has started to research the different options for the remanufacturing of NiMH batteries.”
Since 2000, around 850,000 Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicle have been sold in Europe.