Where 3 million electric vehicle batteries will go when they retire
The mountain of used electric vehicle batteries is growing and will continue to grow at an exponential rate. Bloomberg reports:
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. Lithium-ion car and bus batteries can collect and discharge electricity for another seven to 10 years after being taken off the roads and stripped from chassis—a shelf life with significant ramifications for global carmakers, electricity providers and raw-materials suppliers.
Powervault’s new Powervault 3eco system gives used Lithium-ion cells from Renault Zoe vehicles a ‘second-life’. It also provides customers with a more affordable alternative to Powervault’s ‘first-life’ Powervault 3 system. You can find out more about the Powervault 3eco system here.