Electric traction motors in a circular economy

Electric vehicles require components that often contain expensive and potentially critical metals, limited in supply and without recycling, e.g. magnets for electric motors. To minimize 1) business risk related to material shortage and increased cost and 2) risk of shifting burden from climate change to resource scarcity, components need to be made for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. The project use life cycle assessment to give guidelines for electric vehicle components with desired technical performance adapted to circularity. Specifically, electric traction motors for light and heavy vehicles will be studied, though the developed methodology will be applicable also for other components.

Partner organizations

  • Walters Bildelar (Private, Sweden)
  • Malmköpings Mekaniska Werkstad AB (Private, Sweden)
  • China-Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Sveriges bilåtervinnares riksförbund (Non Profit, Sweden)
  • Stena Recycling AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Eklunds bildelslager AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Volvo Cars (Private, Sweden)
  • BorgWarner AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Volvo Group (Private, Sweden)
Start date 01/03/2017
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2019

Published: Sun 09 Dec 2018.