Davos meeting creates ‘battery passport’ for vehicles

A ‘battery passport’ scheme for electric vehicles has been agreed at Davos, during the World Economic Forum convention.

The passport is designed to create better traceability, ensuring vehicle batteries have been sourced sustainably and aiding the tracking of batteries through their second life and eventual recycling. Created by the Global Battery Alliance, the scheme aims to ensure that batteries become part of the ‘circular economy’ in which all emissions are accounted for.

It is believed that the Battery Passport could become mandatory in the European Union as early as 2026, with worldwide adoption by 2030, when the production of internal-combustion-engined vehicles winds down. Currently, the plan is to mark vehicle batteries with a QR code, though embedded digital passports, similar to those used for pets, is also under discussion

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