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Carmakers Charged With Electric-Vehicle Battery Disposal

A new-energy car battery pack is assembled at the the OptimumNano Energy Co. Ltd. plant in Shiyan, Hubei province, in March 2017. New guidelines to take effect in August say new-energy car producers and their sales units must set up “recycling service networks,” where spent batteries will either be repaired for reuse or properly disposed of. Photo: VCG
A new-energy car battery pack is assembled at the the OptimumNano Energy Co. Ltd. plant in Shiyan, Hubei province, in March 2017. New guidelines to take effect in August say new-energy car producers and their sales units must set up “recycling service networks,” where spent batteries will either be repaired for reuse or properly disposed of. Photo: VCG

China is placing responsibility for properly recycling vehicle batteries on new-energy carmakers — an effort to prevent environmental pollution in the emerging sector.

The new guidelines, which will take effect in August, also include rules for related industry players such as battery producers.

The guidelines — which were jointly issued Monday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and six other agencies — said new-energy car producers and their sales units must set up “recycling service networks,” where spent batteries will either be repaired for reuse or properly disposed of.

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