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Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second-Life Applications Program

Federal Agency


Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)


To improve the recycling rates and second-use adoption rates of electric vehicle batteries; to optimize the design and adaptability of electric vehicle batteries to make electric vehicle batteries more easily recyclable; to establish alternative supply chains for critical materials that are found in electric vehicle batteries; to reduce the cost of manufacturing, installation, purchase, operation, and maintenance of electric vehicle batteries; to improve the environmental impact of electric vehicle battery recycling processes.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, National Laboratories, nonprofit and for-profit private entities, state and local governments, and consortia of these entities. Applications should fall within 1 of 2 topics: (1) Improving the economics of transportation, dismantling, and preprocessing of electric drive vehicle batteries, (2) Recycling of electric drive vehicle battery accessory components.

Decarbonization Considerations

Battery recycling would repurpose existing materials and increase the supply of usable batteries, enabling widespread electrification.

Equity Considerations

In awarding grants under the Secretary shall give priority to projects that are located in geographically diverse regions of the United States and support the development or demonstration of projects in economically distressed areas.

Helpful Tips

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Other Notes

DOE highlights two key topic areas: 1. Advanced Materials Separation, Scale-Up, and Reintegration for Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling for the Battery Supply Chain 2. Second Use Scale-Up Demonstration Projects

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

February 7, 2024 (Concept Paper); April 19, 2024 (Full Application)

Funding Available


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Matching Funds

20% - 50%, vary by topic area

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