Assessing the Readiness of Indian Cities to Manage Battery Waste from Electric Vehicles
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However, policies and the larger discourse on EV in India appear silent on the management of batteries waste from EV. Depending on the type of EV, the battery could weigh between a couple of kilogram (KG) to hundreds of KG and could contain several toxic and valuable metals. The challenges in managing batteries waste would vary with battery types but improper management of all battery types would result in many health, environmental, and economic externalities.
In this paper, using mix-methods approach, we identify barriers to, and assess the readiness for, implementation of EV batteries waste management in Indian cities. Using literature review we first identify the main barriers to waste management and future EV sales projections in India. Next using publicly available information on city planning and EV policy instruments, semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, and survey based quantitative research we answer our research questions. Initial results indicate inadequate infrastructure, large informal sector, absence of regulations, and improper city-planning for future EV batteries waste as the key barriers.
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