The Challenge of Scrapping Electric Cars

The Challenge of Scrapping Electric Cars

Soon enough scrap yards will face the challenge of breaking down electric cars. With climate change a very real threat to the world electric powered vehicles are on the rise and soon enough recycling them will be necessary. At the moment there are some challenges we face to recycle electric cars mostly centred on the lithium batteries that power electric vehicles.

What was once a 2 minute job to remove a car battery now this is quite a challenge and much more complicated. There could be a lot of left over energy in the the large lithium batteries and great care needs to be taken as it is possibly fatal to the technician disassembling the battery.

Manufacturers also fit the large batteries in a completely different way with sealants and adhesives making for very difficult battery removal. . .  but that’s not all yet . . . the batteries are huge and hard to remove without the right equipment.

Electric vehicle batteries can also cause other health concerns like breathing difficulties and respiratory damage due to the hydrogen fluoride contained within. processes need to improve and modernise to be able to break these vehicles safely for recycling.

Battery Storage and Final Disposal

There is no guidance at the moment on storage and disposal of lithium ion batteries believe it or not beyond normal health and safety guidelines, however you must be qualified to handle this type of battery, lithium poses a fire risk, explosive risk and also the release of toxic gases.

When lithium batteries catch fire this isn’t just any regular fire classed as a “metal fire” these are difficult to deal with, although water can be used

dowsing with a foam extinguisher, CO2, ABC dry chemical, powdered graphite, copper powder or soda (sodium carbonate) extinguisher is more effective. We can see now these batteries cant just build up in landfill or we face ground fires that will be very difficult to deal with. A large ground fire of Lithium Ion batteries will also release toxic gases hazardous to the local environment.

Battery Recycling

We need to get better at processing large vehicle batteries, this is the main issue when recycling electric vehicles. There are many useful components that are valuable including,  nickel, silver, cobalt. Recycling reduces the need to mine for new materials so recycling plays an important part in reducing environmental damage and climate change.

We are hoping that vehicle manufacturers start to think more about how end of life vehicles might be recycled and design vehicles in the future that are more easily recyclable. Designing for recycling is the future we all need.

When will petrol and diesel cars be banned?

To target Zero emissions in the UK it is thought the date has now been brought forward to 2035, five years earlier than previously thought. Banning new petrol and diesel cars won’t be enough on its own but will go a long way to improving and meeting targets.

The UK wants to have virtually zero emissions by 2050. A third of CO2 emissions are produced by transport so a ban on conventional combustion engines will certainly help reach that target and WHO guidelines. We will also be removing nitrogen oxides from the environment. Nitrogen oxide often exceeds safe levels in many cities across the UK. Diesel vehicles hold the overwhelming majority as the main polluters of Nox gases.

Issues with going electric

Electric cars are currently expensive but it is thought that by 2025 prices will be similar to Petrol / Diesel cars due to developing battery technology.

Second-hand market

There are currently very few electric cars on the second-hand market so a large investment is needed to buy new. Electric vehicles make up less than 1% of the auto market currently.

Charging points

Although this has greatly improved until the demand is there charging points remain fairly spread out, some areas are keeping up with demand but more thought and investment needs to be made as this is a factor when deciding to buy electric.

Locations of charging points within cities where people share flats could struggle, there are ideas that lampposts could be modified to become charging points. Using existing infrastructure will be important or we may see our roads dug up once again to lay new cables.

What will happen to old cars will they be scrapped?

There is currently no UK-wide scrappage scheme in place for petrol and diesel cars and it is unclear if the government is considering this. Currently, you will still be able to buy second-hand petrol or diesel cars in 2035 just not purchase a new one. Based on that we could see a rush to buy petrol and diesel cars in the previous year.

6 useful things to always keep in your car

Important Paperwork

The perfect place to keep your vehicles paperwork is in the glovebox of your car. We all know how frustrating it can be to search the home for your V5C or insurance documents so why not keep it in your vehicle so you know where everything is. If you are ever stopped by the police it is always good to have these documents to hand.

We recommend having the following paperwork to hand in your vehicle.

  • V5C Registration Document
  • Proof of insurance proof of tax
  • Owners Manual
  • MOT Reports / Certificates

A Torch

Always carry a torch, you never know when you ma need it. If you break down you may need one to look under the bonnet of your car, find those dropped keys, flag someone down after breaking down or finding your way home after leaving the car at the local pub. Always always keep a torch in your car.

A First Aid Kit

We all know we should, but how many of us keep a first aid kit in the car. From trips to the beach with the kids or first aid at the roadside your first aid kit is an essential item to keep in your car. Make sure everything in the kit is checked now and then for expiry dates.

Pen & Paper

If you have a car accident having a traditional pen and paper can come in handy. yes we have our phones but pen and paper don’t need recharging. Also handy for leaving notes on car windshield for people who have parked in disabled bays without a badge 🙂

Cleaning Wipes & Sanitiser

Especially for parents or pet owners having wipes in the car is essential, also sanitiser after you return from shops or peoples homes to sanitise your hands while COVID-19 is an issue is an essential item.

Spare Masks / Gloves

With COVID-19 we recommend keeping a stash of disposable masks in your car and a pair of gloves ( for handling petrol pumps ) The amount of times we get into the car only to realise we have forgotten our mask and have to head back home to get one. keep some in the car.

Scrap Car Prices Continue to Rise in September

Scrap Car Prices Continue to Rise in September

Some good news during these hard times. Prices in scrap metal due to a reduce in demand during the COVID-19 outbreak fell quite dramatically. The automotive and commodity markets took a hard hit and it has taken some time to recover.  it took until August for prices to steady again and we are now seeing a rise. What is more surprising is if you compare prices with last year they are actually up by 6%. Consumer confidence is returning and this is a reflection of that.

Get the best price for your scrap car

We offer some of the highest prices in the UK for scrap cars. Assington Autos specialise in scrap car collection across Suffolk and Essex. If you have an unwanted or damaged vehicle and need to have it collected call now or use our scrap car valuation form found on this page. We will provide an immediate quote and you can choose to accept the online valuation. We will then arrange collection of your vehicle. Scrap car prices are quoted using a vehicle database lookup and takes into account a number of elements to enable us to accurately price your scrap car.

We will also produce a certificate of destruction only authorised centres are able to provide this. The certificate provides evidence the vehicle has been taken off of the road and scrapped. Without this document you could potentially still be liable for insurance or road tax. Enter your vehicle details today and see how we compare.

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What happens to my car when it is scrapped?

Cars can have value as a source for spare parts but also the metal itself has value.  Over 2 million cars were scrapped last year we explain below what happens with your car when you scrap it.

Once we have collected your scrap vehicle, it will then be transported to Assington Autos fully licensed Authorised Treatment Facility Site for the depollution (environmentally approved scrap process). The depollution process involves removing hazardous materials that can contaminate the earth. We drain and remove such materials as oils, acid, coolants, anti freeze and refrigerants. The fluids are disposed of in a controlled way.  We also remove items listed below

  • Battery – Battery acid is dangerous and contains lead
  • Tyres  – This is a controlled waste material and must be stored correctly
  • Petrol  – Explosive and hazardous
  • Airbags – These can be potentially explosive
  • Seat Belts and Tensioners – Again potentially explosive and are classed as a hazardous material
  • Filters & Fluids – As mentioned earlier, oils, lubricants, coolants and filters are removed due to being hazardous waste
  • Switches that contain mercury

Next Up

Glass removal is carried out and rubber removal. Also any useful or remaining specialist parts like bumpers are removed. Also any other bulky non metal items are removed. it is then time for a crusher where cars are compacted into the familiar cube we all know. Cars can also be shredded into smaller pieces for economical transportation.

Assington Autos are committed to following the strict guidelines as laid out by the environmental agencies and are Environment Agency & DVLA-Approved

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UK Scrappage Plan 2020

The UK Government seem to be backing off of a plan to launch a new vehicle scrappage scheme that was set to boost sales and stimulate the UK Car Industry and Economy.

The scheme announced in June 2020 would have offered incentives to switch from old petrol and diesel cars to new electric and hybrid vehicles.

The financial times reported that there is no guarantee the scheme will be launched and some senior officials now saying it was “very unlikely” the scheme would be launched.

There has been no official word from the government and the report will certainly deter some from pushing ahead with buying a new car. Many are holding off in hope of a post-lockdown plan / offer from the government some studies have shown almost 30% of potential buyers are now holding off.

Many buyers are keen to buy a more economical and environmentally friendly vehicle and a government scheme would certainly go a long way to getting the UK car industry moving again after sales almost completely died off between April – May.

The impact on the UK automotive industry has of course been catastrophic and the industry has called for a dedicated “restart package” to drive consumer demand including scrappage and VAT cuts.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT chief executive, said: “UK automotive is fundamentally strong. However, the prolonged shutdown has squeezed liquidity and the pressures are becoming more acute as expenditure resumes before invoices are paid.

“The government’s intervention has been unprecedented. But the job isn’t done yet.

“Just as we have seen in other countries, we need a package of support to restart; to build demand, volumes and growth, and keep the UK at the forefront of the global automotive industry to drive long-term investment, innovation and economic growth.”

Dubai’s Abandoned Performance Cars

Dubai’s Abandoned Performance Cars

Every year Dubai sees a number of high end performance and luxury vehicles being left at airports, rotting in car parks and sitting in scrap yards. Dubai has a surplus of abandoned luxury cars and such an epidemic it became headline news around the globe.  It seems hard to believe cars like this just get left by the roadside and has created a fair bit of anger on social media. Many people think that the reason these cars are just left is because the super rich simply don’t care and are completely numb to the value of the vehicles. 

The truth however is that Dubai has faced a financial struggle alongside oil prices crashing to an all time low. Many of these cars belong to expats who travelled to Dubai in search of a high flying life style. people haven’t just abandoned their car they have abandoned their whole life after finding themselves bankrupt defaulting on loans fleeing to avoid prison. Sharia law has some quite strict laws and non-payment of debt is a criminal offence not a civil offence. There is no protection for people who fall on hard times. Prisons throughout the UAE are notoriously tough so it is no wonder people flee and leave their cars at the airport.  There are even stories of people being blacklisted for missing one credit card payment and facing jail time. 

Of course it isn’t just expats struggling to cope, hard times and bad debt can happen to anyone. the only good thing to come out of this is if you are lucky you can pick up an incredible deal on supercars and luxury vehicles. Cars are auctioned automatically 15 days after being impounded. 

Watch this video to view abandoned and damaged supercars in Dubai

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Can I scrap a car for cash

Can I scrap a car for cash?

Paying for scrap cars in cash is illegal.

Beware of unexpected traders and unscrupulous scrap dealers who turn up or haggle on the doorstep. If you do not have the vehicle registration document, ignore possible suggestions that the scrap price offered has to be reduced by a further £25 due to a supposed extra DVLA fee.  When scrapping vehicles, DVLA will accept simple written confirmation. See our post about scrapping a car without your V5C Document.

If in doubt or if you do not receive any communication from DVLA within four weeks, motoring experts advise contacting the agency either online or via their telephone helpdesk service.