Recycling Intermediate and High Voltage (IV/HV) Battery Packs from GM Hybrid, and Electrified Vehicles

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IV/HV Battery Storage

Make sure that you are complying with all safety precautions to avoid potential exposure to high voltage.  Read Safety Information.

Comply with all federal, state/provincial, and local laws and regulations relating to the management of IV/HV batteries generated at your facility.  In certain countries, state and/or local laws can be more stringent than federal or national regulations

General Guidelines:  IV/HV Battery Storage
Once the battery has been removed from the vehicle:

  1. Protect battery terminals from short circuits (non conductive material)  
  2. Store the battery in a building or under shelter so that:
    - Batteries are kept dry
    - Batteries are not exposed to high temperatures
  3. Protect batteries from being damaged (e.g.  crushed or punctured)
  4. IV/HV batteries can be accumulated for shipment.   It is recommended that you ask about the specific packaging requirements for battery shipments from the recycler who will be receiving the batteries in order to avoid repacking/stacking of the batteries. 
  5. Batteries should be sorted by type.  Keep lead acid batteries, NiMH batteries, and Li-Ion batteries separated from each other (e.g. separate pallets or storage locations).  You can determine which type of IV/HV battery pack is in the vehicle by looking at the GM recycling label on the IV/HV battery.

Please check the battery label on the battery pack to verify the battery chemistry. Battery chemistry isn’t specific to a particular vehicle model.  

NOTE: If a battery is damaged (physical damage or leakage), consult the MSDS of the battery manufacturer or the GM Battery Information Factsheet.