When EV Batteries Reach End of Useful Life: Best Clean Energy Solutions
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- March 1, 2019
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The vast majority of the electric vehicle (EV) market is still pretty nascent, but one of the first components of an EV to need replacement is the car's battery. As the market grows, figuring out the most economical, sustainable, and logical way to dispose of or, ideally, repurpose and reuse these batteries will be of utmost importance.
Luckily, EV companies and clean energy entrepreneurs are already way ahead on this idea and there are many programs, studies, and initiatives in operation. For the consideration and discussion of the Clean Power community of Energy Central, here's a survey of some of the recent stories that have come out in this regard:
- Volvo reuses bus batteries for solar storage
- Nissan is charged up about giving your electric car's battery pack a new life-- including using them to create a backup power system for a gigantic soccer stadium or even to power electric forklifts
- Where 3 Million Electric Vehicle Batteries Will Go When They Retire-- the first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and grids in Europe
- Nissan's old Leaf batteries can power this smart pop-up camper for one week
This type of synergy between clean tech sectors is critical as the industry evolves, and finding such sustainability and economic synergies only strengthens all enterprises involved.
Have you seen or heard about other ways used EVs can be repurposed in clean power applications? Does this type of end-of-life use echo any other utility industry endeavors from the past? Let's discuss!