UK publishes new standard for handling electric vehicle batteries

by John Shepherd
Code developed under the Faraday Battery Challenge Standardisation Programme. Photo: This is Engineering / Pexels
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published the UK’s first code of practice for the "safe and environmentally-conscious handling” of electric vehicle batteries.

The BSI, in its role as the national standards body, said the move aims to help scale-up and advance the production, safe use and recycling of batteries – which BSI said is a growing market worth an estimated £5bn in the UK and £50bn across Europe by 2025.

BSI said the initiative will help companies involved in pack and module battery manufacture "to innovate quickly, safely and sustainably as the UK seeks to make its mark on this emerging international industry”.

The standard covers 11 handling themes, including storage, hazards and fumes and aims to help vehicle manufacturers, dealerships and recycling organisations to manage risks when handling batteries throughout their lifetime.

Scott Steedman, BSI’s director of standards, said: "More efficient, reliable and affordable batteries for storing electricity are vital to the UK’s transition to a zero-emission transport future.”

"The new standard, PAS 7061, was developed under the Faraday Battery Challenge Standardisation Programme and will underpin innovation and mass production of new battery technology. The standard is an important step in creating a successful UK battery manufacturing industry and will help the UK prepare for any future phasing out of diesel and petrol vehicles.”

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