Li Industries Raises Series B Funding to Expand Next-Generation Battery Recycling Technology

PINEVILLE, NC – May 9, 2024 - Li Industries announced today the successful raise of a $36M  Series B funding round to scale up its next-generation lithium-ion battery recycling technologies. The round was co-led by Bosch Ventures, Khosla Ventures and LG Tech Ventures with Formosa Smart Energy Tech Corp., Anglo American Decarbonization Ventures and Chevron Technology Ventures coming in as new investors. They join existing investors, Shell Ventures and Myriad Ventures, to back Li Industries' mission of providing the most circular, cost-effective, and sustainable solution for lithium-ion battery materials, under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham. Given investors’ interest, Li Industries plans to expand the round to $42M, which would bring its total private funding to more than $50M.

This new round of funding solidifies Li Industries’ growth trajectory to meet its partners’ growing needs for battery recycling services and battery materials. The capital raised will be used to construct a 10,000 ton recycling facility powered by Li Industries’ proprietary Direct Electrode-to-Electrode (Direct E2ETM) recycling technology. 

This expansion builds on the company's Series A funding, which enabled the development of a 500-ton battery recycling facility in Pineville, NC, and a 1,000-ton battery sorting facility in Charlotte, NC. 

“We are thrilled to be backed by such a strong group of investors,” said Dr. Zheng Li, co-founder and CEO of Li Industries. "Our investors bring invaluable resources, experience, and commercial partnerships that are essential for us to successfully scale and commercialize our Direct E2ETM technology."

Ingo Ramesohl, Managing Director at Bosch Ventures, commented on the investment: "Li Industries is poised to tackle significant challenges in the Li-ion battery's circular supply chain with innovative, scalable solutions. They are the first and only company in the US capable of economically and sustainably recycling low/no cobalt batteries, such as Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFPs), at scale using their unique Direct E2ETM recycling technology."

Anshul Agarwal, Managing Director of LG Technology Ventures, said: "Our investment signifies the beginning of a robust partnership with Li Industries aimed at developing a truly sustainable and efficient supply chain for lithium-ion battery manufacturing."

“We invested in Li Industries early on and have watched them hit their technical and commercial milestones through the years,” said Rajesh Swaminathan, Partner at Khosla Ventures. "Their ability to scale and commercialize their technology lays a solid foundation for further growth, and we are excited to continue supporting their journey."

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About Li Industries

Li Industries is an innovative and fast-growing climate tech company developing next-generation lithium-ion battery recycling technologies. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Pineville, NC, Li Industries has developed scalable direct recycling technologies for lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Li Industries' unique and patented direct recycling process can recycle all types of lithium-ion batteries and generate high purity commercial-grade battery materials faster, cheaper, and cleaner, enabling effective and sustainable recycling. For more information, please visit: