Differentiation of battery types according to the German Batteries Act

Industrial batteries, by definition, are all batteries that are not automotive or device batteries. In this context, automotive batteries are defined as batteries intended for the starter, lighting or ignition of vehicles, but not for their propulsion. In contrast, device batteries are encapsulated batteries that can be held in one hand. This leaves a large delta between device batteries and automotive batteries, which belong to the category of industrial batteries. These include, for instance, batteries for electric vehicles and e-scooters, but also for other technical devices, provided that they cannot be “held in one hand” (Section 2 No. 6. Batteries Act (BattG)). Industrial batteries are also required to be registered with the EAR foundation (German WEEE registration board). At the time of registration, a declaration must be submitted to the effect that a return facility has been set up, as well as information on how last owners entitled to a return can access the return facility. Accordingly, manufacturers are tasked with creating a sustainable and comprehensive return option or facility. We offer a solution of this kind with our new contract for registration and return of industrial batteries.

The new Batteries Act has been in force in Germany since the beginning of this year. Contrary to the wishes of numerous interest groups, industrial batteries in particular have not become part of the take-back obligation of recycling centres. Industrial batteries, by definition, are all batteries that are not automotive or device batteries. In this context, automotive batteries are defined as batteries intended for the starter, lighting or ignition of vehicles, but not for their propulsion. In contrast, device batteries are encapsulated batteries that can be held in one hand. This leaves a large delta between device batteries and automotive batteries, which belong to the category of industrial batteries. These include, for instance, batteries for electric vehicles and e-scooters, but also for other technical devices, provided that they cannot be “held in one hand” (Section 2 No. 6. Batteries Act (BattG)). Industrial batteries are also required to be registered with the EAR foundation (German WEEE registration board). At the time of registration, a declaration must be submitted to the effect that a return facility has been set up, as well as information on how last owners entitled to a return can access the return facility. Accordingly, manufacturers are tasked with creating a sustainable and comprehensive return option or facility. We offer a solution of this kind with our new contract for registration and return of industrial batteries. Should you have any questions regarding the classification of your batteries into one of the three battery types, or if you require a fully comprehensive, legally compliant and simple registration and take-back solution, please do not hesitate to contact us:

The take-e-way consultants will be pleased to assist you. Call +49/40/750687-0 or send an e-mail message to beratung@take-e-way.de.

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