Due to the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EV) on the roads today, car manufacturers are more focused on their social responsibilities. This includes the use of reusable packaging to transport a large supply of batteries.
In fact, according to Kelley Blue Book, although new vehicle sales decreased by 8% in 2022, EV sales grew by 65% (KelleyBlueBook.com). In addition, if the US intends to maintain this trend in terms of electric vehicle usage, a quarter of all new US car sales could be electric by the end of 2025. (Bloomberg.com)
And with no signs of slowing down in the future, these companies are looking to adapt to these changes by increasing sustainability in all areas, including the use of reusable containers for EV battery manufacturing.
Reduce Waste and Promote Sustainability with Reusable Packaging
For car manufacturers looking to minimize product waste, reusable containers are a responsible and sustainable choice. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of reusable packaging benefits in order to protect the longevity of your machinery and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts.
One thing to consider is the type of batteries that are typical for electric vehicle manufacturing. Lithium-ion batteries, for example, are commonly used because of the amount of power it provides, their long life cycle compared to other batteries, and being environmentally neutral.
Importance of Handling EV Batteries with Care
Be aware, however, of the dangers in mishandling them during transportation as they can be harmful if you are inexperienced. According to current safety regulations, these batteries are considered Class 9 Dangerous Goods, meaning that it requires specific transport and packaging processes.
Therefore, these batteries must meet higher standards (primarily environmental) than your typical OEM parts to ensure that packaging has been designed, tested, and certified to deliver safe transportation of these delicate goods.
From custom-designed totes used to streamline the manual handling processes to high-quality containers used for automated systems, it’s important to utilize reusable containers that can transport these goods without compromising safety. Typically, these reusable containers are injection molded from high-density polyethylene to deliver reliable results on every project.
And with the use of returnable packaging comes the elimination of waste, pollution, reduced energy consumption, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. By implementing these reusable solutions, EV Battery manufacturers are able to recycle key materials that would otherwise find its way into our massive landfills.
From custom-designed totes to high-quality containers used for automated systems, it’s important to utilize reusable containers that can transport these goods without compromising safety. Typically, these reusable containers are injection molded from high-density polyethylene or copolymer polypropylene to deliver reliable results.
And with the use of returnable packaging comes the elimination of waste, pollution, reduced energy consumption, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. By implementing these reusable solutions, EV battery manufacturers are able to repurpose key materials that would otherwise find their way into our landfills.
Not only are the batteries 100% recyclable, but they also consume less power because a reusable package should last four to six years. Alternatively, one-time use solutions would need to be produced several times during the same period.
The solution is clear.
Adapting to the Age of Electric Vehicles
As electric vehicles continue to transform the automotive industry and help create a more sustainable future, it’s crucial that automotive manufacturers are able to meet the demand without causing restraint on the environment.
And due to the sheer volume associated with the shipping, returns, storage, and assembly of these batteries, manufacturers can cut costs significantly by making these practices part of daily manufacturing.
It’s a win-win for everybody.
For more information about adopting reusable containers for EV Battery manufacturing, call 888-SSI-TOTE to speak with one of our dedicated customer representatives today!
About Schaefer Plastics North America, LLC:
Schaefer Plastics North America, LLC. provides reusable packaging, bulk bins, pallets, dunnage material handling, and waste technology solutions to businesses throughout North America. Schaefer Plastics North America is part of the SSI SCHAEFER Group, which is headquartered in Neunkirchen, Germany, and designs and manufactures innovative intralogistics storage and picking solutions for all types of industries. Founded in 1937 with offices and plants in over 70 countries and employees over 10,000, The Schaefer Group is a leading Material handling and intralogistics company. For more information, visit ssitote.com.