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According to estimates, in 2030, for the first time, more cars with electric drives than with combustion engines could be sold worldwide. Drivers for this development are, for example, the pressure caused by regulatory requirements on pollutant emissions and falling battery costs.
This change will also pose enormous challenges for manufacturers in terms of logistics. Transport, warehousing, recycling and other services along the supply chain require a high level of expertise in the proper and compliant handling of lithium batteries. This is where DB Schenker comes into play, supporting the industry with a dedicated service for battery logistics to cope with the logistical hurdles.
Lithium batteries for use in electric vehicles make high demands on treatment to meet the requirements for dangerous goods. DB Schenker has developed an integrated supply chain solution for this purpose, which is aimed at customers who are operating in this rapidly growing market. This service is based on our experiences in all relevant industries across the whole range of products DB Schenker is offering.
The service includes transport by ship, air, rail and truck of materials to the production facilities as well as the delivery of the finished products in approved and marked hazardous goods packaging. In addition, dust-free storage, after-sales services and the preparation of all relevant transport documents can be provided. Our reverse logistics solution includes both recycling and disposal of batteries in accordance with national law and in close cooperation with selected partners, also for damaged or defective batteries.
Lithium batteries are considered dangerous goods and are subject to strict legal requirements during transport and storage. Logistics buildings, for example, must be equipped with special fire protection systems and staff must be trained accordingly in the correct handling of hazardous goods. A high number of certified hazardous goods experts are ready to support both customers and colleagues at DB Schenker.