The U.S. e-bike industry wants to do something about all those e-bike batteries

Getting people to swap their short car trips for electric bike rides could drastically reduce transportation emissions. But widespread e-bike use poses another downside for the environment: What to do with all the lithium-ion batteries that eventually will need to be replaced.

E-bike battery recycling programs are common in Europe, where e-bike use has been more popular, but in the U.S., the infrastructure is lacking. In 2022, though, that will change, with the launch of an industry-wide electric bicycle battery recycling program, a joint effort from PeopleForBikes, a bicycle trade association and advocacy organization, and Call2Recycle, a battery recycling nonprofit—and one both organizations say is a first for uniting a transportation sector under one battery recycling solution.