The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and six other authorities jointly issued the Interim Measures for the Management of Recycling and Utilisation of Power Batteries for New Energy Vehicles (Measures) on the 26 February 2018. The Measures will come into effect on the 1 August 2018.

The Measures provide requirements for dealing with the used power batteries of new energy vehicles that are generated during manufacturing, usage, storage and transportation. Battery manufacturers should keep their products standardised so that they can be easily disassembled. They should also promptly provide instructions to the new energy vehicle manufacturers for storing and dismantling the batteries. If necessary, the battery manufacturers must also provide training sessions to the new energy vehicle manufacturers. The battery manufacturers are also strongly recommended to co-operate with the new energy vehicle manufacturers on establishing a coding system that allows for relevant information on the power battery to be traced.

For new energy vehicle manufacturers, the Measures provide that they should take responsibilities beyond those of a mere producer. This means that the manufacturers are not only responsible for the manufacturing process of the batteries, but are also responsible for the entire life cycle of the products; including but not limited to their design, circulation, recycling, and waste disposal. For example, the new energy vehicle manufacturers should establish a recording system for tracing all the information on sold vehicles and their owners. The manufacturers should also establish power battery recycling channels and take charge of the used battery recycling process. In addition, the manufacturers should co-operate with scrap vehicle collection entities, to share relevant information that facilitates scrap collection procedures.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Measure.