Given the prospects for an increasing popularity of electric mobility, it is of high importance to establish processes and networks for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicle already today. Without a suitable network, regulatory requirements on the recycling of traction batteries cannot be fulfilled. Moreover, a high economic potential might not be realized and electric mobility might not be accepted by society as a sustainable solution for road traffic. In this paper, we discuss insights on the economic potentials and risks of the deploying a recycling network for lithium-ion batteries in Germany. These insights are derived from a model-based assessment of the novel LithoRec recycling process, which was developed in a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.