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Volvo Says Users Can Track Source of Battery Metals in Its EVs

Yusuf Khan of The Wall Street Journal reports on Volvo’s new EV initiative.

The C3 Take
  • Volvo Cars is rolling out a first-of-its-kind “battery passport” for its electric vehicles that provides a verified record of the raw materials, origins, components and recycled content in the battery pack.
  • The passports will detail the CO2 footprint, recycled content percentages and lifecycle data to improve battery recyclability and responsible sourcing practices.
  • Developed with UK firm Circulor using blockchain technology, the digital passport aims to increase transparency around the sourcing and environmental impact of EV battery supply chains.

“Commodities such as cobalt and nickel are regularly scrutinized for the ways they are mined. Most of the world’s cobalt is found in Congo, where an estimated 10% comes from ‘artisanal’ sources, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The artisanal sector, often described as barefoot miners, is made up of some of the world’s poorest workers, with reports of children being regularly used to mine battery metals.”

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