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Safety implications of ‘re-cycling’ electric vehicle batteries

What needs to be considered in terms of the safety implications of recycling end-of-life electric vehicle batteries?


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Ian Scott

There is a looming reality that electric vehicles (EV) are coming.  They are, in fact, ever more present on our roads and they will, inevitably, come to their end-of-life and therefore, be seen in our yards. We need to be ready for these vehicles, and a significant factor in understanding what to do with them when they do finally arrive is safety. 

We got in touch with Ian Scott, an independent safety engineer who specialises in fire safety in the industrial infrastructure, who provided us with an in-depth report regarding what needs to be considered in terms of the safety implications of recycling end-of-life electric vehicle batteries.

To read the report, please click on the following: 200301-Paper-2-Recycling-EV-batteries-for-ATR-paper-Ver-3-imbs

About the author

Ian Scott is a physicist and a safety engineer who has spent a working lifetime involved in fire science and engineering. His occupational experience in fire prevention and in the investigation of fires and explosions has included the Home Office, the HSE, science and engineering consultancy practices and in Industrial Safety where he led strategic safety principles in waste management operations.  Ian is passionate about safety and engineering and shares interests in developing technologies, always looking for safer solutions in the built infrastructure and environment!

To contact Ian, please email or call 07740 022945.


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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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