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ARA Publishes Battery Material Use Hierarchy

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) recently published the Battery Material Use Hierarchy, developed in collaboration with the Argonne National Laboratory

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The Battery Material Use hierarchy outlines the optimal utilisation of batteries, emphasising their highest and most effective applications once they’ve fulfilled their primary function. By promoting practices such as reuse, reconditioning, remanufacturing, and repurposing of batteries, we encourage a shift towards battery electric power while simultaneously mitigating the carbon footprint associated with battery manufacturing. Each tier of the Hierarchy, ranging from the most to the least preferred outcome, signifies a preservation of the substantial value and energy invested in the original battery.

Emil Nusbaum, ARA’s Vice President of Strategy, Government and Regulatory Affairs, stated about the Hierarchy that “while it is applicable to all battery types and chemistries, ARA and its members are taking the lead by actively advancing the national imperative of highest and best use of electric vehicle batteries.  Through its strategic relationship with the National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program (NSVRP), ARA and its Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) certified high voltage vehicle trained members are participating in the NSVRP battery registry program. This program is designed to help ensure that electric vehicle batteries that have served their initial purpose are directed to their highest and best use whenever possible.”