SB 615 (Allen) Electric vehicle traction batteries

Existing law requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection to convene the Lithium-Ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group to review, and advise the Legislature on, policies pertaining to the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries sold with motor vehicles in the state. Existing law also requires the advisory group to submit policy recommendations to the Legislature aimed at ensuring that as close to 100% as possible of lithium-ion vehicle batteries in the state are reused or recycled at end-of-life in a safe and cost-effective manner.

This bill would repeal those requirements.

The bill would instead require all electric vehicle (EV) traction batteries, as defined, sold with motor vehicles in the state to be recovered and reused, repurposed, remanufactured, or recycled at the end of their useful life in a motor vehicle or any other application. The bill would also require a vehicle manufacturer, dealer, automobile dismantler, automotive repair dealer, and nonvehicle secondary user to be responsible for ensuring the responsible end-of-life management of an EV traction battery once it is removed from a vehicle or other application to which the EV traction battery has been used. The bill would include a related statement of legislative findings and declarations and a statement of policy regarding end-of-life management of EV traction batteries.

Committee Location: Approved in the Senate; In the Assembly, held in the Environmental Safety Committee at request of author on June 20.

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