Everledger has announced the launch of a world-first battery passport pilot, partnering with Ford to ensure responsible recycling of EV batteries.  

The pilot leverages Everledger’s technology platform to track electric vehicle batteries throughout their lifecycle to ensure responsible management during use and recycling at the end of their usual life.  

Ford will be able to gain visibility on out-of-warranty batteries, validate responsible end of life recycling, and gain access to data such as recycled critical minerals produced and associated CO2 savings.  

The company has said that to track the battery lifecycle Everledger utilises a range of technologies including various types of auto ID, blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).  During manufacture Ford batteries and their inner modules are tagged with 2-D data matrix codes, which are then scanned with a cell phone by each organisation as the battery changes hands.  

These scans allow otherwise separated links in the value chain to report on and access information about a battery’s location, chemistry and other attributes and activities taking place, for example transportation, disassembly and recycling. 

Large manufacturers can benefit from improved life-cycle management and verified claims of recycling. They will be able to better understand a battery’s chemistry and history in order to make faster, more informed decisions about how its content can be used, sold or received. 

Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO of Everledger said: “The Everledger Platform and its battery passport functionality positions stakeholders along the supply chain to verify a battery’s material provenance, chemistry and identity; and measure its sustainability and environmental impact alongside creating a multi-billion-dollar global market for used batteries that maximizes the recovery of raw materials and accelerates the development of climate-friendly mobility. 

“A fully connected and transparent battery passport, secured by blockchain technology, allows electric vehicle manufacturers and owners to not only track and report the lifetime journey of each battery, but increasingly where those critical minerals originated and how those mines stack up with the use of renewable energy, enabling brands like Ford to more easily report on climate action and Scope 3 emissions.” 

Everledger will continue six months of testing and will release the battery passport commercially.