stands for End of Life Vehicle Directive. ELV is the European
Union (EU) Directive 2000/53/EC that restricts the use
of lead, mercury, and cadmium in products used in the
EU automotive industry as of 1 July 2003.
End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive 2000/53/EC requires
that certain automotive products be free (except for trace
impurities) of mercury, cadmium and lead as of 2003-7-1.
Lead can still be used as an alloying additive in copper,
steel and aluminum and in solderable applications. These
products comply with the ELV directive.