**Traceability and the Future of Industrial Design: A Case Study of Electric Vehicle Batteries, Sustainability and the Battery Passport**
5:30pm – Check-in, networking (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
6:00pm – Main program
7:00pm – Networking
7:30pm – End
Studies show that while the average EV’s life spans eight to ten years, its lithium-ion battery can be taken out with plenty of capacity left to use as a storage device—about 80%. Planning for reuse from the outset must become part of the engineering process. Results of an Australian study comparing a reused EV battery to a new one showed a drop over eight impact categories including global warming potential, terrestrial acidification potential and water consumption.
Data from battery manufacturers, suppliers, vehicle producers and others, communicated in a standard format on a pre-competitive basis are essential to scaling these promising trends. In the European Union, an array of new regulations are meant to drive traceability. Among these is a digital identifier, or “battery passport,” with information necessary for reuse and recycling. The U.S.’s own battery industry, catalyzed by Inflation Reduction Act tax incentives, is growing rapidly and now is the time to collaborate on a framework for traceability without compromising the competition that drives innovation.