EU votes through battery performance law

Regulation should offer buyers of used EVs better visibility of battery health

EU votes through battery performance law
The European Parliament wants EVs to have an Environmental Vehicle Passport

The European Parliament has voted to establish minimum performance requirements for battery durability in electric and hybrid cars for the first time. 

The Euro 7 rule requires batteries to have 80pc of their initial capacity five years or 100,000km after sale, and 72pc eight years or 160,000km after sale.

“It is important to require that batteries retain a good part of their initial capacity after many years of use,” says the adopted text. “Such a requirement would be of particular importance to buyers of second-hand electric vehicles.”

The text foresees each vehicle being issued an Environmental Vehicle Passport containing information on its environmental performance at the moment of registration.

“We have successfully struck a balance between environmental goals and the vital interests of manufacturers,” says Alexandr Vondra, the MEP tasked with guiding the regulation through parliament. 

The agreement still needs to be formally approved by the EU Council before it can become law.

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Last year the EU Batteries Regulation was passed into law. It sets targets for the recycling efficiency, material recovery and recycled content of batteries from 2025 onwards. 

The regulation will also gradually introduce declaration requirements, performance classes and maximum limits on the carbon footprint of EV batteries. 

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