Electric HGV manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles has signed up to a battery monitoring service that provides vehicle owners with recommendations for extending the lifespan of their batteries.

The Battery Passport enables operators to better understand their batteries, as well as providing a pathway for those being sold in the second-life market.

The passport service continually assesses and grades the future potential of the battery so that when it nears the end of its vehicle life, the owner can share the Battery Passport with the second-life market who can then determine whether it can fulfil their energy storage requirements.

Ben Smith, MD of Electra Commercial Vehicles, said: “Battery Passport enables Electra to meet its battery recycling responsibilities by diverting batteries away from disposal and into the second-life sector.

“Our customers directly benefit from the Battery Passport as it secures the batteries residual value, providing a better price to the vehicle owner when the battery is sold into the second-life market.”

The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 make the vehicle manufacturer responsible for the collection and appropriate disposal of electric vehicle batteries, therefore giving a battery a secondary use is better than recycling which itself is costly and inefficient. Battery Passport allows the second-life market to purchase the battery knowing its full history and future potential, generating revenue for the vehicle owner.