Many companies are currently pushing themselves to become more sustainable, reduce their environmental impact or become climate positive – here, circularity can be an enabler. At Stena Circular Consulting, we help clients care for resources by providing them with world-leading business advice for a low-carbon, circular economy. With this selection of client cases, you can find out more about how we work.
Supporting a car manufacturer as they disrupt by designing more circular vehicles
The project included a mapping of current recycling processes for BEVs and batteries and a Design for Circularity analysis of one of the client’s vehicles.
The project was divided into two main work streams: mapping of recycling processes and a design for circularity analysis.
Mapping of recycling processes
The project team analysed global vehicle and battery recycling processes to determine the recycling potential for electric vehicles in the client's key markets. The analysis considered geographical disparities in recycling systems, processes, and legislation. It also included a projection of future demand and supply of recycled material for battery manufacturing
Design for circularity analysis
To understand what extent the design of the car is aligned with circular economy loops, a Design for Circularity analysis was performed using the Stena Circular Consulting framework for product analysis. The framework considers the circular economy loops* from three key perspectives: Product Design, System, and Business Model. The analytical process included a physical disassembly of a car and a high voltage battery as well as interviews with experts and desk research. The analysis resulted in a circular economy design guideline that will function as a tool for engineers when designing future vehicles.
The final report provided the client’s design and strategy team with in-depth knowledge of both the current and future state of recycling. It further pinpointed the client's challenges and opportunities to design a more circular vehicle. The results showed that through well-considered decisions taken early in the design phase, the client can impact the feasibility of circular economy strategies through the entire lifecycle of the vehicle.