Everledger, a digital transparency company in London, has announced that it is launching an electric vehicle (EV) battery passport pilot in partnership with Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan. It tracks the battery’s entire lifecycle and ensures responsible management during use. As post-consumer recycling.
According to Everledger, the pilot will allow Ford to increase visibility of out-of-warranty batteries, verify responsible recycling of end-of-life products, and reduce costs such as recycled critical minerals produced and associated carbon reductions. You will be able to access your data. The companies will use the Battery Passport solution to track batteries in a variety of late and latest EV models for six months, and the US-based lithium-ion battery (LIB) processors Cirba Solutions, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cooperate with Li-Cycle Corp. ,Toronto.
A battery passport is a digital ID for a battery, containing information about minerals, components, and ultimately the battery itself. Everledger says it can provide transparency of the battery supply chain and lifecycle of the finished product.
To track battery lifecycles, Everledger says it uses a variety of technologies, including various types of automatic identification, blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI). During manufacturing, Ford’s batteries and their internal modules are tagged with a 2D Data Matrix code, which each organization scans with a mobile phone whenever the battery changes hands. According to Everledger, the scan will allow isolated links in the value chain to report and access information about the battery’s location, chemistry and other attributes, as well as activities such as transportation, disassembly and recycling.
The Battery Passport concept was conceived and coordinated by Everledger and other industry experts as part of the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) founded in 2017 to build a sustainable and responsible battery value chain. . Everledger’s proven claims for improved lifecycle management and recycling are used not only by large automakers, but also by battery repair shops, auto recyclers, auction houses, dismantlers, etc. The company says it will also benefit those who encounter battery chemistry and history, and how the contents of the battery are used, sold, or used, according to the company. You can make faster and more informed decisions about what is best to collect.
Everledger Founder and CEO Leanne Kemp said: Maximize raw material recovery, create a multi-billion dollar global market for used batteries that accelerate the development of climate-friendly mobility, while measuring its sustainability and environmental impact. “
Kemp adds: Using renewable energy makes it easier for brands like Ford to report on climate action and Scope 3 emissions. “
The pilot comes ahead of new European battery regulations that will come into force later this year or early 2023, requiring manufacturers to report on expanded producer responsibility for proper battery recycling. Everledger says the pilot it is conducting with Ford in the North American market “shows how a combination of advanced technologies can streamline regulatory compliance and increase efficiency across the value chain.”
In addition to the benefits for automakers, participating EV recyclers expect the ability to scan batteries to obtain key information, such as battery chemistry, to improve process efficiencies. says.
“Cirba Solutions has provided traceability and transparency in battery recycling for decades,” said David Klanecky, President and CEO of Cirba Solutions. “We are pleased to support their ongoing efforts to securely collect data that enhances traceability throughout the battery supply chain.”
After six months of testing, Everledger says it will commercially release Battery Passport.