British consulting firm Ricardo has begun work on creating a harmonized European life-cycle evaluation customary for EVs and batteries. The mission is funded by the EU and UK Analysis and Innovation (UKRI).
For the time being, there is no such thing as a agreed European or worldwide customary on automobile life-cycle evaluation. Defining a single, harmonized life-cycle evaluation strategy for autos and batteries is a key to offering transparency and comparability of impacts from these merchandise, says the corporate.
Ricardo’s 2020 report for the European Fee, DG Local weather Motion, Figuring out the environmental impacts of conventionally and alternatively fuelled autos by way of LCA, assessed the life-cycle impacts of 65 totally different European gentle and heavy-duty automobile sorts and powertrain combos. It thought of the manufacturing of 60 gasoline chains for typical and various fuels, 14 types of electrical energy era, the impacts of car (and battery) manufacturing and automobile use and upkeep, together with totally different end-of-life situations.
“The foremost report on life-cycle impacts of highway autos that Ricardo undertook for the European Fee in 2020 highlighted the significance of life-cycle evaluation in sustainable product and enterprise growth, but additionally the challenges for its software,” mentioned Nikolas Hill, Head of Car Applied sciences and Fuels for Ricardo Sustainable Transport. “By working with its business and analysis companions, Ricardo will assist to ship an ordinary, reliable and constant evaluation of full vehicular environmental footprints, to assist organizations throughout the transport worth chain progress of their goal of attaining local weather neutrality.”