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What happens to electric vehicle batteries (EVBs) when they are removed from vehicles?

Jeff Haltrecht, Executive at Call2Recycle, North America’s largest battery recycling program tells us more about the series of factsheets on EVBs that CVMA and Call2Recycle have produced, and what it means when these batteries are removed from vehicles.


What happens to electric vehicle batteries (EVBs) when they are removed from vehicles? p
Jeff Haltrecht

Electric vehicle batteries and what happens to them when removed from vehicles has become an increasingly important topic for the automotive industry and policymakers as EV adoption increases in Canada and elsewhere globally.

To increase knowledge and awareness of EV battery management practices and correct misconceptions, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA) and Call2Recycle have published a series of fact sheets and are developing a white paper to be released in the second quarter of 2022. CVMA and Call2Recycle have engaged with over 87 industry participants in the EV battery ecosystem, including those with knowledge of battery repair, remanufacturing, repurposing, collection, transportation, logistics, and recycling.

The fact sheets cover a range of topics including the types of EV batteries in the market and the journey a battery takes from manufacturing to end-of-life.

Download the fact sheets here:

“It became apparent that there is a lack of information available on the management of EV batteries,” says Yasmin Tarmohamed, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association.  “Our hope is these fact sheets will address the existing knowledge gaps to the benefit of all stakeholders in this area.”

Joe Zenobio, President of Call2Recycle’s Canadian business said:

“The goal is to share our experience on EV battery management and to hopefully facilitate business opportunities and policy discussions within the industry ecosystem.” He added: “This knowledge on EV battery management is foundational for those people who are making decisions now and through the decade.”

Auto Dismantlers & Recyclers will most likely be interested in what options exist for EV batteries so they can plan and manage for potential changes in the business. For more information and input on this project, please email the team at

If your business is an Auto Dismantler & Recycler in the United States and/or Canada, and you have EV batteries that need logistics assistance, or would like to talk about how this shift in the industry will impact the business, please email Call2Recycle at