Innovation and Technology

Electric Mobility

The German automotive industry is strongly committed to pressing ahead with the development of electric mobility because climate protection, a growing scarcity of fossil fuels and an increased need for mobility due to rising population figures require new solutions and alternative propulsion systems.

Transporting batteries

Extensive, internationally standardized hazardous substance regulations apply to the transport of lithium-ion batteries. Among other things, transporting batteries lays down the requirements for packaging, transport, documentation, the labeling of packages and vehicles, and safe handling during transportation. Consequently, global, fast and high-performance logistics networks for transporting batteries will also be decisivefor the future of electric mobility.

Nowadays, it is possible to transport new, used and even damaged lithium-ion batteries on road and by rail under certain conditions. These newly introduced rail
and road transport regulations should also be incorporated into air transport based on empirical values. To date, the transport of new and damaged lithium-ion batteries in excess of 35 kilograms has been banned. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for vehicles are always heavier, however. There is therefore no guarantee of worldwide service certainty. In accordance with experience of automotive lithium-ion batteries, the VDA is calling for this 35 kilogram limit for transporting batteries to be lifted.

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