The Batteries Section represents the economic, technological and environmental interests of the battery industry. It represents the common interests of its members, in particular by cooperating with authorities, economic and other bodies and institutions and by participating in legislative measures. It supports its members in promoting their economic and technical development.

The Section covers the relevant sub-sectors or product areas of the battery industry: starter, industrial and portable batteries. With around 11,000 employees, the German battery industry generates a turnover of around 6.7 billion euros (as of 2021). Batteries are becoming increasingly important, both in electromobility and as storage devices in the power grid or as appliance batteries. Our range of topics is correspondingly broad. The amendment of European battery legislation is at the centre of our activities. All phases of the life cycle of batteries and their applications are expected to be regulated. The importance of the legislation is correspondingly high. Closely related to this is battery standardisation. In the use phase, questions about transport and safety often arise. We offer appropriate assistance in this regard. With regard to the collection of batteries in Germany, we are in regular contact with the relevant stakeholders.

At a glance

Our topics

Batteries are complex electrochemical systems. They reliably enable the location-independent supply of electrical power. For this to happen reliably, various framework conditions must be taken into account. These framework conditions are defined in standards, legislation and guidelines. The ZVEI Batteries Association is intensively involved with this framework. Our central topics are:

  • Monitoring and positioning on battery legislation at national and European level
  • Close coordination with battery standardisation
  • Occupational safety in battery production
  • Assistance on transport law for batteries
  • Leaflets for battery applications
  • Market monitoring
  • Collection and recycling of batteries in Germany

Our network

At European level, the ZVEI Batteries Association is involved in the European Portable Battery Association (EPBA), EUROBAT and RECHARGE. At national level, we work closely with the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle, the VDA and the VDMA.

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