Are manufacturers interested in regulating their electric vehicles?

Are manufacturers interested in regulating their electric vehicles?


Carlos Tavares, the boss of Stellantis, was (not) sarcastic about the potential shortage of resources for all manufacturers to use electricity. Will there be enough batteries for everyone, and especially for all the ambitious sales goals to be met? The future will tell. But one thing is certain, nickel, lithium and cobalt are in great demand. So much so that manufacturers could decide to regain control of “their” cars.. Even if it is not their property, as there is still a section of people who decide to buy their car instead of renting it with LOA or LLD.

Restore end-of-life electric vehicles

Instead of producing new batteries, why not use the ones that are already in the cycle and recycle them?© Audi

To build their electric cars, manufacturers buy raw materials indirectly, by signing supply contracts for the “equivalent” GWh of batteries. But back, mainly buy metals. If they weren’t so concerned about the cost of producing oil, relying on steel, aluminum and many other prevalent metals, they could tell themselves that the electricity recovery at the end of their life would be a great financial asset.

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Instead of paying again for the production of batteries from metals provided by countries with monopolies (China, Australia, Congo, etc.). car groups can therefore recycle “their” own batteries at the end of their life to put them back on the road in new cars.. So they will be in control of their batteries, instead of calling third parties who deal with their recovery and recycling.

And it doesn’t matter if, at the same time, the form and composition of the battery have changed: the cell is the cell, and there will always be lithium in the battery (at least in the current chemistry). And considering the cost of metals, recycling may, over time, be more attractive than buying raw materials from producers …

Volkswagen model

Volkswagen was thinking about a multi-lease system to return the car (and its battery) at the end of its life for recycling, or recycling.
Volkswagen was thinking about a multi-lease system to return the car (and its battery) at the end of its life for recycling, or recycling.©Volkswagen

Last year, Volkswagen announced that it was working on a completely new commercial model. After the first lease, the idea would be to return the car to the lease (LLD, in particular) once, or even twice. The aim will be to bring the car to the end of the battery’s life without leaving the “home” of Volkswagen, which will remain its owner until the end. “Battery life is about 350,000 km or 1000 cycles. So the battery is more likely to last longer than the car.and we want to put our hands on these batteries”, explained Herbert Diess when he was still the boss of the Volkswagen group. His departure may have cast doubt on this new leasing arrangement, but it seems so attractive on paper for the manufacturer that we cannot imagine the German sovereign to forget completely about it Making the car building profitable with two or even three lease contracts to recover the battery at the end (refining it, or using the storage unit for industry) seems important on paper, in any case, as long as the metal price is very high.

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