Over time, all batteries degrade. A rider who drains a full battery and recharges it back to full every day, seven days a week, will see about 2.5 years of life from their battery, while a casual rider's battery can last closer to six to seven years.
Redwood Materials and Rad Power Bikes establish electric bike battery recycling program
Rad Power Bikes has partnered with Redwood Materials to launch an electric bike battery recycling program. Rad has a ridership of nearly 700,000 electric bikes and as that number increases, the need for an electric bike recycling program becomes more and more prevalent.
Redwood Materials facilitates the reuse of up to 95 percent of the critical metals found in batteries. These recovered materials can be reused to build more e-bikes and EVs to keep up with demand. The partnership also helps reduce the negative impact of batteries on the environment by keeping waste out of landfills.
All the Rad Power Bikes locations in the U.S. are battery dropoff locations for used e-bike batteries. Rad Power Bikes will ship the old lithium-ion batteries to Redwood Materials for recycling, refining, and repurposing to help create a more circular ecosystem for batteries. Select Rad Retail locations will be equipped with collection bins for small-format lithium-ion batteries as well.
Currently, this battery ecycling service is only offered in-store. There is hope for Rad to expand this service to online purchases as well.