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Bringing to light the risks of the life cycle of EV Li-ion batteries

With 2030 fast approaching and electric vehicles becoming more common on our roads, inevitably, more of these vehicles will soon be entering ATFs throughout the country. Processing and storing these vehicles will bring a new set of considerations and challenges, especially when it comes to the battery. Safety surrounding EV batteries is paramount, and understanding the risks involved helps save lives, prevent injury and from damaging property. 


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White vapour produced following nail penetration of a single automotive module – Image courtesy of Newcastle University

Recent research from the Faraday Institution’s ReLIB project entitled ‘Risk management over the life cycle of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles’, published in the Journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, helps bring to light those risks that we all need to be made aware of. 

Topics include reviewing and analysing recent lithium-ion battery (LIB) related incidents, evaluating the risks surrounding LIBs over their full lifecycle, and categorising unscheduled end of life vehicle accidents. It also proposes Risk management and suggests best practise when it comes to handling and disposing of lithium-ion batteries. 

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Gavin Harper

Gavin Harper from the ReLIB Project and one of the authors, said: 

“It is imperative that we quickly roll out technologies that can help us to decarbonize, but at the same time, we need to adopt a precautionary approach to the management of risk. The ELV industry is well-versed in managing the risks that are associated with conventional ICE vehicles; however, EVs present new challenges. As volumes of end of life Electric Vehicles increases, these challenges will become more important to the industry. We set out to review some of the changes that we anticipate the industry will need to consider as volumes increase. “

The full version of this important and very worthwhile report can be found here.

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