Garden Grove, CA. (January 20, 2023) – OneCharge Inc., Garden Grove, CA, and Bluewater Battery Logistics, Santa Barbara, CA, have entered into a strategic partnership to recycle and repurpose advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries at the end of their useful life.

Bluewater lithium battery recycling

Lithium forklift batteries provide an efficient and economically viable alternative to older lead-acid batteries. Lithium technology also enables the switch to electric power from propane and diesel engines in power-hungry applications where companies could not electrify their fleets with lead-acid batteries due to capacity limitations and indoor-only requirements.

The proliferation of lithium batteries requires safe and environmentally friendly recycling and re-purposing, especially as we expect the influx of end-of-life used lithium batteries. Forklift lithium batteries can be repurposed for less demanding applications, such as energy storage in solar power generation systems. With this new partnership, OneCharge offers its customers the most sustainable and responsible way to dispose of their end-of-life batteries and capitalize on advanced lithium technology to reduce waste and improve the sustainability of their operations.

“Bluewater Batteries Logistics is proud to partner with OneCharge, Inc.,” said Ben Firestone, CEO of Bluewater Batteries Logistics. “The share of Li-ion power supply in the forklift industry is growing at a rapid rate and even though Li-ion battery packs last 3-5 times longer than lead-acid, we anticipate large numbers of end-of-life batteries to accumulate in the coming years. With lithium technology, it is possible not only to recycle but in many cases to repurpose these batteries and dramatically reduce waste.”

“We’re happy to partner with Bluewater Battery Logistics, an innovative and dynamic company that shares our drive for cleaner and more sustainable materials handling operations. Repurposing lithium batteries before recycling allows us to extract more value from every battery cell, and reduce waste. OneCharge customers can rely on us for the most sustainable and innovative disposal process,” said Tim Karimov, President of OneCharge.

ESG requirements for materials handling operations are becoming more important for all companies as the world faces climate change and the issues of the ongoing energy transition.

Lithium battery technology allows OneCharge customers to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint, as well as reduce waste through prolonged battery life and repurposing of cells before recycling. Renewable energy generation facilities can grow faster with decreased costs for energy storage units built with repurposed lithium battery packs.

About Bluewater Battery Logistics, LLC:

Bluewater Battery Logistics provides first-in-class program management for lithium-ion batteries at their end of life. The company offers industry-leading services to optimize the collection, transportation, recycling, or reuse of large-format lithium-ion batteries. Bluewater serves its customers by reducing their risk and providing cost-effective solutions. Bluewater’s mission is to facilitate the circular economy with environmentally friendly methods for the reuse and recycling of Li-ion battery materials.

Contact for Bluewater Battery Logistics:

Ben Firestone

+1 (805) 618-9962