The cars with internal combustion engines subjected to emission standards in the European Union. The electric ones, of course, do not have corresponding restrictions, however the their battery is in the crosshairs.
The EU is asking low carbon footprint throughout their production process, use as much as possible less “hazardous” materials in their construction and source control from which their ingredients come. In addition, after the end of their life, it aims to have processes concentration their, reuse or also recycling their.
In this context, the new has been implemented Regulation of Batteriesaccording to which, according to an Autocar publicationby February 2027 the EVs that will be sold in the European Union should have the so-called “battery passport”. It’s about digital documentswhich will be “connected” to frame number of each vehicle, while through QR Code it will be possible digitally scan them from the appropriate devices.
What will include; Detailed information about sources and nature of raw materials that were used to make the battery, along with details of the construction methodher energy capacity her but also her current status her.
In this way, the battery manufacturer should provide information on carbon emissions that arose in the production process, but also to use increasing amounts of recycled materials.
The EU wants to drop more light on the supply chain manufacture of batteries. “Many manufacturers they don’t know their supply chainwhile often suppliers change up to 3 and 4 times within a yearaiming at the lowest cost”she emphasized Ellen Careyits head of external affairs circuit. This is a company that specializes in transparency of supply chains and parallel participates in the creation of the new battery passports.
Carey pointed out to the British media that the cost of obtaining passports will range between €7 and €13 per battery. The passport proposed by her company reveals the sources of origin of materials such as cobalt, graphite, lithium and nickel, through information it receives from industrial data. Subsequently creates a digital copy of the information, which “connects” with the frame number and the aforementioned QR code.
For reasons intellectual property protectionaccess to the full range of information of the battery passport will only have the manufacturers. However, according to Carey, one car buyer will be able to see some general information and, of course, the capacity her but also her state it is in.
Finally, it is not excluded that there will be battery passports that will only have information about what is happening in the battery from the moment its construction is completed. This kind of passports will be more useful for those interested in buy used battery.
Anyway the information should be available to regulatory authoritiesthe dealers but also the consumers, while the what exactly will they be?will be determined in the next period through the project Battery Pass Consortiumin which major car manufacturers, such as Audi and the BMWbut also technology companies like Circular.
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