The People’s Republic of China issued interim rules concerning New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) that puts responsibility for collecting and recycling batteries on vehicle manufacturers.

Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China – December 2017

Sales of New Energy Vehicles in China – December 2017

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles is booming in China, and the need to recycle spent batteries will follow sales several years later/

The government expects that manufacturers and their dealers will be accepting the used batteries and will either re-purpose them for energy storage system or send them off for recycling.

The other part of the plan is to require manufacturers to provide new batteries for older cars.

"China’s industry ministry issued “interim” rules on Monday that hold carmakers responsible for the recovery of new energy vehicle batteries and require them to set up recycling channels and service outlets where old batteries can be collected, stored and transferred to specialist recyclers.

The carmakers must also establish a maintenance service network allowing members of the public to repair or exchange their old batteries conveniently, the ministry said."

As the new rules are interim, China still needs to figure out some details.

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Lastly, the battery manufacturers will be required to "adopt standardized and easily dismantled product designs, to help automate the recycling process".

Source: Reuters