Task 19, Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles, establishes research platform

July 20, 2012 12:02 PM
The Task will explore EV life-cycle issues.
© Image courtesy of IA-HEV.

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) increases, Task 19 is looking ahead at how to recycle or dispose of EVs at their end of life. The Task held its kick-off meeting in Geneva in March 2012, where experts from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. met to discuss recycling programs in their countries and to establish the international "Research Platform for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and End-of-Life Management for Electric Vehicles.” This platform aims to help countries to implement EVs by identifying possibilities to maximize the environmental benefits and competitiveness of vehicles with an electric drivetrain.

The research platform will address questions about EV end-of-life issues such as:

  • What should happen to EV batteries at the end of the car's life cycle?
  • How can batteries be designed for maximum recovery of their valuable components including rare earth elements?
  • What role will equipment and parts manufacturers play in the life cycle of EVs?
  • What is the best method for data collection in order to present the LCA facts about EVs to policy makers who set the regulatory framework?

Other IA-HEV countries are exploring joining the Task after seeing Task 19 presented at the IAMF 2012 in March in Geneva and at EVS 26 in Los Angeles in May. Preparations are underway for workshops scheduled for fall 2012 and spring 2013. Anyone interested in receiving information on the upcoming workshops or in the Task in general is encouraged to contact Mr. Gerfried Jungmeier, Task 19 Operating Agent.

Contributed by Mr. Gerfried Jungmeier