Recyclable batteries are critical to the circular economy of e-scooters
Battery drive is the direction of improvement for electric scooters. But not everything is smooth sailing in this model.
Despite the green banner, most electric scooters only have three to seven years of battery life and are not easily recyclable.
Now, the glue or welding used to design battery packs makes it somewhat difficult to refurbish or replace the battery components inside the battery. But luckily, a French startup called Gouach has created a repairable battery for the tiny car.
Its battery has a modular, no-weld design. This means that battery devices and batteries can be easily replaced. This increases battery life and also reduces carbon output by up to 70%. The repair time is less than ten minutes and the cost is about 5-10 euros, compared to about 200 euros to replace a complete battery.
The design of this model means all battery parts can be removed and secured, using a repairable battery to help close its battery cycle. Use this recyclable model of repaired batteries on your electric scooter. Their modular design is great for removing and repairing slightly defective batteries before they have to be put back into the vehicle intact.
At the same time, there is a need to increase regulation of repairable batteries. Although there have always been controversial voices on "battery repair, refurbishment, recycling" and other issues, and it is not sure whether electric bicycles and electric scooters will be included in the final green development road, this is always the direction we are pursuing.
Research by the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), the European Environment Agency (EEB)'s Right to Repair campaign late last year found that software locks hinder battery refurbishment. Although battery packs come in standard formats (18650 is the most popular), battery packs and management systems are custom-made for manufacturers, and some are custom-made for specific models, which hinders repair and replacement.
The EU's legislation will help solve this problem. If the manufacturers of electric scooters have to comply with the regulations on the right to repair, refurbish and recycle batteries, this will greatly promote the green and sustainable development of batteries. A rechargeable battery future is also inevitable, but there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that this impact is representative of the growth of electric scooters.