In our latest article on the APMA's blog, we cover the environmental management challenges facing companies when electric vehicle (EV) batteries reach the end of their life cycle.
Now that the industry has re-emerged with its market appeal largely focused on a sustainable lifestyle, automotive companies are looking for opportunities to minimize environmental impact both up and down the supply chain, while minimizing waste.
Considering the high value associated with the materials that can be recovered from the batteries themselves, there are major benefits for companies looking to make theirs the most sustainable situation, even before regulations have been put in place.
As the automotive industry continues to further explore the frontier of electric vehicles, a new set of environmental challenges is coming to the forefront. Questions about EV batteries are emerging, and manufacturers will need to find some answers soon.
What should happen to EV batteries at the end of the car's life cycle? What environmental regulations are related to these batteries? What role will equipment and part manufacturers play in the life cycle of EVs?
At the End of the Life Cycle
Recycling electric vehicle batteries at the end of the product life cycle is seen as the greenest option. Many of the components of the standard lithium ion EV battery - like nickel, cobalt, copper, and lithium - can be salvaged and reused. These materials can be resold at a high market value, making dumping EV batteries into landfills a poor environmental and economic policy.