Exemptions to EU ban on metals in cars amended

New end-of-life vehicles directive list extends the time limit for NiCad batteries in electric cars

Exemptions to a general EU ban on the use of six heavy metals in vehicles have been updated in a law published in the bloc's official journal on 30 September. The council decision amends a list of exemptions passed under the EU's end-of-life vehicles directive in 2002 (EED 04/06/02).

Most controversial among the changes is an extension by three years, until 1 July 2008, for continued use of nickel cadmium (NiCad) batteries in electric vehicles. EU governments had difficulty reaching a consensus on this point (EED 06/09/05).

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