Kössen, Austria-based recycling equipment and technology provider SEDA-Umwelttechnik GmbH is offering end-of-life vehicle (ELV) products and services designed specifically to address the future stream of ELV electric vehicles (EVs).
“If the announcements of European car manufacturers are to be believed, half of all new cars will be e-vehicles by 2025 at the latest,” says SEDA. “This change of direction is politically supported and can no longer be stopped. At the end of the chain, the recycling industry must now find ways to ensure that electric cars are also optimally recycled.”
SEDA says it is cooperating with other companies and agencies to offer training in alternative fuel vehicle dismantling and recycling, as well as several new types of equipment geared toward EV ELVs.
Equipment now available from or SEDA includes transportation containers and “security blankets” for moving EV ELVs, plus a workstation, battery discharger and accessories for dismantling EVs and hybrid vehicles, plus storage containers for specific materials.
The equipment supports what SEDA calls a take-back system it has designed in cooperation with the AFZ Sammel- und Verwertungssystem (Austrian national collection and recycling system) and Kufstein, Austria-based waste management company MUT Entsorgungsdienst GmbH.
SEDA says the take-back system consists of two services:
a) An “at-home pickup” service for EV ELVs that includes the issuance of a “certificate of utilization [and] further documentation to the government.” Adds SEDA, “A separate collection of lithium-ion batteries is also possible.”
b) A recycling process by which the electric ELV “will be treated according to the Austrian regulation and all other legal issues and safety regulations. The lithium-ion batteries removed in the process are subjected to further internal treatment, to achieve optimum recycling. The extracted components, fractions, liquids or substances will only be handed over to authorized disposal and recycling companies. Residuals as well as metal composites will be delivered or collected by the shredder companies for further recycling.”
SEDA says a video demonstrating the recycling process can be found on this web page.