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Electric cars will require a 'battery passport' from 2027 to show carbon footprint

From 1st February 2027, all EV and industrial batteries on the EU market will require a unique battery passport to be identified with a QR code. The European Union's Battery Regulation Amendment provides a comprehensive set of rules that are designed to protect the environment by reducing the amount of hazardous materials found in batteries and increasing the recycling rate of batteries. It will show the composition of batteries, including the origin of key materials, their carbon footprint and recycled content.

What is a battery passport?

A battery passport is a document that stores relevant battery data throughout the entire battery lifecycle, containing detailed information about a battery’s production, testing and recycling. Electric vehicles will need to have their own 'battery passports' to prove the origins of the raw material they contain, how much of the content is recycled and their lifecycle carbon footprint, including production and transportation.

Why do EVs need a Battery Passport?

EV batteries remain mysterious or even suspect for many consumers, including people leery of buying used EVs due to battery-life concerns. In addition, battery materials such as cobalt and nickel are being scrutinised to ensure they’re ethically and sustainably produced. The Passport is designed to ensure that batteries comply with the regulation, as well as provide a record of the battery’s history. This is especially important for batteries that are sold to consumers, as it provides them with the assurance that the battery they are purchasing are safe, reliable as well as compliant. 

Battery passports will become a core tool in enabling a circular battery value chain, allowing all stakeholders involved to cooperate and share the relevant information to maximise safety, optimise battery use, and ensure responsible recycling. 

What is the Battery Regulation Amendment?

The EU Battery Regulation Amendment is an important step in protecting the environment and ensuring that batteries are safe and compliant with the regulation. It will help improve end-of-life battery recovery, and ensure fair and safe working conditions for involved parties.

How will the Regulation Impact the UK?

Even though the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the European Union, it will still need to provide battery passports for any EV vehicle destined to be sold in Europe.



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