EU to decide future of NiCad car batteries

European Commission could propose two-year extension to phase-out deadline

Nickel-cadmium batteries used in electric vehicles could win a two-year reprieve from an EU ban currently due to apply to new vehicles from July next year, it has emerged. The European Commission is expected to decide next week to propose extending the deadline when it adopts the first review of substance bans under the end-of-life vehicles directive.

Although the Commission's environment directorate pushed for confirmation of the ban date, opposition has emerged from other departments (EED 11/12/01). The full college of commissioners is now likely to agree a delay. Sources suggest 2005 as a possible compromise.

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