The chemistry identification system is intended to support the proper and efficient recycling of rechargeable battery systems used in transportation applications with a maximum voltage greater than 12V (including SLI batteries). Other battery systems such as non-rechargeable batteries, batteries contained in electronics, and telecom/utility batteries are not considered in the development of this specification. This does not preclude these systems from adapting the format proposed if they so choose.
Electrification of the transportation industry is increasing rapidly. The battery chemistry used to electrify the vehicle may not be easily identifiable at the end of life and therefore an identification system to assist in the proper recycling is required. There are many combinations of materials designated as lithium-ion. Thus, the identification code will assist in identifying the battery system and provide more details on the particular lithium ion chemistry for lithium ion battery systems.