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Elves launches electric and hybrid vehicle battery recycling training programme


Elves, the end-of-life vehicle compliance scheme has just launched its inaugural training programme for Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in the safe handling of hybrid, electric and mild hybrid vehicles.
The Electric Elves programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and is free of charge to attendees.

The Elves training programme is open to all ATFs in Ireland, not just those in the Elves ATF Network.

Initial courses have been held at three different locations, Cork, Monaghan and Kildare before programme availability is widened to other locations nationwide. Allowing all Irish ATFs to access the training programme will expand knowledge and expertise across the country, supporting all ATFs in developing competence in the handling of this new technology.

Welcoming the launch of the training Programme, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. said: “By 2030 there will be almost one million EVs on Irish roads, supported by a nationwide network of charging points. This is a significant step up and is a key part of the Climate Action Plan. The Elves training programme is an important contribution to this overall ambition. By ensuring we have the people with the skills to properly manage hybrid and electric vehicles at their end of life, we are putting in place measures that will support a vibrant and thriving EV sector.”

As the compliance scheme for the end-of-life vehicle sector, Elves developed the Electric Elves programme in response to the increasing electrification of the car park, from full electric vehicles (600volt+) to mild-hybrids (48volt+). The training content is designed to address new health and safety risks which ATFs face in handling electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as ensuring that the batteries from them contribute to the challenging reuse, recycling and recovery targets set out in the ELV Regulations. Given the increasing importance of correct environmental management, this course is of immense value to ATFs and there has been much interest in the training sessions.

The tactical training is being taught by experienced industry professionals Salvage Wire Ltd. and is accredited. The programme is the first workshop/classroom-based training course of its kind in Ireland and is being facilitated by Elves with the support of the Irish Motor Vehicle Recyclers Association (IMVRA).


Pictured L-R: Elena Wrelton, ELVES, Toddy Cuthbert, IMVRA and Cuthbert Environmental, Andy Latham, Salvage Wire

According to Elves Environmental Compliance Manager Elena Wrelton: “Elves is very much committed to ensuring that all ATFs across Ireland have access to bespoke and relevant expertise, support, information and training programmes that are industry specific and pro-actively address key issues impacting the sector.”

The Electric Elves programme already provides a range of supports to Irish ATFs when they receive a vehicle containing an industrial battery, such as an electric, hybrid, plug in hybrid, or mild hybrid vehicle. After completion of this training, attendees will be further supported in the safe handling and removal of batteries. Elves has focused on facilitating training, providing model-specific dismantling information via the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS), technical support in the event that the vehicle/battery is damaged and free collection and recycling of the battery, if required.

“It is of critical importance that those working in the industry are equipped with the resources available to be fully confident and competent in dealing with the correct reuse and recycling of all types of vehicles,” added Wrelton.

The course is provided free of charge to ATFs, and Elves expects to run additional dates in the future. Interested ATFs who were not able to make this first set of training days should contact Elves to register their interest for future training days.

The mission of Elves is to improve the processing of End-of-Life Vehicles in Ireland. Data from the programme supports the achievement of the 95 per cent reuse, recycling and recovery targets for End-of-Life Vehicles as well as the 50 per cent recycling targets for these types of batteries under the Battery Regulations.