VOLVO BUS BATTERY ‘LIFECYCLE’ MANAGEMENT PLAN

Photography by: courtesy Volvo Bus Australia


FOLLOWING the recent launch of its new BZL electric chassis, Volvo Bus Australia (VBA) pledges its commitment to ensuring the, “…sustainable management of electric vehicle batteries” throughout their lifecycles, the company confirmed recently.

VOLVO BUS BATTERY ‘LIFECYCLE’ MANAGEMENT PLAN
“Our circular business cycle and this cooperation is truly a major step in the right direction and is part of our long-term strategy,” VBA general manager Mitch Peden stated.

VBA general manager Mitch Peden detailed the company’s commitment to deploying a long-term electric vehicle battery sustainability strategy throughout the battery lifecycle to ensure a cleaner future for Australian transport.

"The launch of our Volvo BZL electric chassis really emphasises Volvo Bus and the wider Volvo Group’s dedication to delivering quality, safe and environmentally friendly transport solutions to our customers," Peden explained.

"Our commitment to deploying a sustainable and circular electric vehicle battery management strategy will further deliver on these values.

"While it is an exciting time to be in the electro-mobility space, it is important for the industry to consider the many responsibilities that come with manufacturing and distributing this technology – and sustainable electric vehicle battery management is crucial to consider. "Here in Australia and globally, the electro-mobility experts at Volvo

Buses have been working hard to ensure that we continue to deploy sustainable operations at every stage of the battery lifecycle, from sourcing to disposal or repurposing, to mitigate social and environmental impacts."

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STENA RECYCLING

Responsible sourcing of electric-vehicle battery materials is a key responsibility for Volvo Buses within Australia and across the globe, the company confirms.

Ensuring the ‘sustainable’ sourcing of raw materials for batteries is important for all stages of the supply chain, it adds.

Volvo Bus Corporation has also recently partnered with Stena Recycling - Sweden's leading recycling company and a partner for developing sustainable circular solutions - to give Volvo electric bus batteries a "second life", it states. This partnership has seen the commercial service lives of bus batteries significantly extended and natural resources conserved, as part of the Stena Recycling subsidiary Batteryloop, where old batteries are removed from Volvo buses and reused for years as energy storage units, VBA states.

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INTO THE GRID

With demand of local energy storage units expected to increase in future, these energy storage units provide an innovative means of storing renewable energy, where there is also the potential for surplus energy sold and delivered straight into the grid, according to Volvo Bus Australia.

"As we begin to see increasing demand for electric buses in Australia, we will also see an increase in the number of used batteries," outlined Peden.

"Volvo Buses globally have done an excellent job at implementing long-term battery management plans and, in Australia, we are working towards having our own battery sustainability strategy that safeguards every stage of our value chain, from procurement to repurposing.

"Our circular business cycle and this cooperation is truly a major step in the right direction and is part of our long-term strategy," Peden stated.

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