First end-of-life supply chain for electric car batteries

The European Metal Recycling (EMR) and the electric vehicle auto industry have agreed upon a project which will lead to a new end-of-life supply chain for electrical car batteries.

The project will start in January 2021 and will run for 3 years, by which time the partners expect the circular supply chain to be operating commercially. The new supply chain will help all partners to triage batteries when they arrive at approved end-of-life vehicle treatment facilities across the UK for either remanufacturing, reuse or – where this is not possible – recycling.

Remanufacturing is the process of repairing and re-engineering existing batteries so they could potentially be used in new cars. Reuse involves giving batteries a second life in stationary storage to help balance the use of the electricity grid during peak use and optimize the use of renewable energy and other applications.

Aim to provide a standardized route for recycling

Under current EU law and also post Brexit, manufacturers retain responsibility for the safe disposal of electric car batteries. There are already 164,100 pure electric vehicles on Britain’s roads, with that number rising to 373,600 when plug-in hybrids are included. This project aims to provide a standardized and reliable route for recycling and repurposing lithium iron car batteries at a scale that can cope with the expected sales of electric vehicles in the UK.

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Source: UK EMR Group

20 Nov 2020 at 1:07 pm
3 min
Published by:
Joris te Pas
Environmental Compliance Specialist