In Maine-et-Loire, VoltR positions itself on the reconditioning of lithium batteries

In Maine-et-Loire, VoltR positions itself on the reconditioning of lithium batteries
In Maine-et-Loire, VoltR positions itself on the reconditioning of lithium batteries

Alban Regnier had a breakthrough when he saw an intern from his first company collect MacBook batteries intended for recycling. “He explained to me that he electrified his scooter with it”, says the young president of VoltR, aged 32. The graduate of the Angers business school has since distanced himself from Okamac, which he founded in 2011, at the age of 19.

Today, the company is the French leader in Apple computer reconditioning, employs 110 people and has a turnover of 35 million euros (+ 40% over one year). Nevertheless, Mr. Regnier intends to devote himself to the development of his latest company, VoltR, which he launched with three partners, also in their thirties, in December 2022.

Their ambition is to position themselves in the niche of reconditioning lithium batteries, while 94% of the batteries used in France come from abroad, and in particular from China. The current mess is edifying, with batteries generally being changed when they still display 80% of their remaining capacity.

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Over the 4,000 m2 that VoltR rents to the Pays de la Loire region, the thirty employees disassemble the batteries that the company receives, check the condition of the cells using artificial intelligence and recondition them according to customer needs. Around forty already use VoltR services, including Leroy Merlin, Scania, Somfy and Famoco (payment terminals).

“All the lights are green”

The Angevin entrepreneur sees this as an opportunity to seize. “When a battery is no longer efficient enough to power a computer, it can still be used for a drill, an electric bicycle, a bank terminal or a toothbrush”. He cites the case of one of his clients, a designer of outdoor lighting: “He bought his batteries in China. We are now selling reconditioned ones that are cheaper and with greater autonomy. » Economically, the vein is profitable, because VoltR only pays 10% to 20% of the batteries it recovers. The majority of them are either given to him or financed by companies who want to get rid of them.

The interest aroused by this young company was materialized by a first fundraising which exceeded the expectations of the partners: 4 million euros, at the end of 2023. They are now aiming much further and ambition, through a new round of funding announced Monday April 29, to automate their production and open four reconditioning sites in Europe by 2030.

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