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Salvage Wire’s Skills Lab at CARS 2021

The Skills Lab, run by Salvage Wire, will be heading to CARS 2021 to demonstrate to delegates how to deal with high voltage vehicles safely.


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“It’s just a battery; what is the problem? And my mate who works for an electric company says that anything under 1000 volts is not high voltage.”

All of the above is true when you are working in the electricity supply industry, however, they understand the risks and utilise very strong processes, safety protocols and the use of PPE and tools to keep themselves and their businesses safe.

UN ECE-R100 outlines safety protocols for electric and hybrid vehicles, and one of these protocols is that voltage between 60 volts DC and 1500 volts DC is deemed to be high voltage when applied to the automotive industry – why these values? An electric shock between 70 and 90 volts DC and 0.5 Amps is enough to stop your heart; the Renault Kangoo Electric battery is rated at 400 volts and 300 Amps.

The volume of these vehicles on the road is increasing rapidly, vehicles are involved in accidents, and along with older hybrid vehicles are coming into salvage and recycling yards in greater volumes.

Join the Salvage Wire team at CARS 2021 and see first-hand as we demonstrate how to safely shut down a high voltage vehicle and remove the high voltage battery, learn about the risks inherent with these vehicles, the safety protocols, personal protective equipment and tools required to complete this operation safely and how to store & dispose of the high voltage battery.

Your questions will be answered as you watch, you can also learn about future training options and receive discounts on high voltage tools and PPE.



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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

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. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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