As China evolves into a world leader in battery and EV production, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced plans to develop a system to track the fabrication, sale and recycling of EV batteries.
The new “traceability management platform” will cover the entire lifecycle of batteries from production to recycling, clarifying who is responsible for handling and recycling spent batteries and establishing a formal monitoring system. Battery-makers and EV producers will be required to participate in the scheme, and must provide online recycling services to customers as well as detailed information about recycling practices. The system will also cover imported EVs.
In the first quarter of 2018, the 102 Chinese EV-makers produced approximately 150,000 vehicles, a production increase of 157 percent from last year’s first quarter. On the other side of the production life cycle, spent battery waste is expected to reach 170,000 tons this year.