quarta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2021

Nissan gives EV batteries a second life

 Makino has another and just as important argument for recycling EV batteries: Most electric cars are still more expensive to produce and buy than traditional cars with internal combustion engines. That is more than outweighed by the lifetime benefit of EVs, of course, because owners can typically expect lower maintenance costs and far lower "fueling" costs. With Nissan and 4R technology, however, the owners of electric cars may find that the battery in their old car could be a significant asset. By creating demand for batteries that are past their useful life, 4R helps bring down the total cost of ownership for electric vehicles even more. Owners don't have to sell their old car just for scrap but can get much higher value for its battery, which results in a nice end-of-life return on their investment.

Energy keeps finding new ways to refabricate, recycle, resell and reuse EV batteries. On Yumeshima, a manmade island in western Japan's Osaka, a solar farm is using 16 lithium-ion EV batteries to cope with energy fluctuations and store its energy output.

The man-made island of Yumeshima in western Japan's Osaka is now home to the world's first large-scale energy storage system, a project that also highlights the potential to reuse electric vehicle batteries.

On Koshikishima, an island off the coast of southwestern Japan, 4R Energy has created an innovative battery management system that makes it possible for wind and solar energy to power the charging network that supports a fleet of all-electric vehicles. It’s the first of its kind and makes an important contribution to the goal of the 5,000 residents to make Koshikishima an "eco island" with zero CO2 emissions.

The company is also developing battery systems that help integrate solar power, local battery storage and the electricity in EVs – and can be used as a home’s emergency power supply. Another use case are the batteries for the automated guided vehicles that are becoming ever more important in modern factories and warehouses.

Ten years after the launch of the first all-electric Nissan LEAF, Makino is finally seeing his original vision come true. His team of engineers is giving EV batteries a second life, which makes electric cars affordable and more attractive to buy, and delivers true sustainability. Always ahead of the curve, 4R Energy is now putting everything in place to provide the same "4R" support – recycle, refabricate, reuse, resell – for the next generation of electric vehicles from Nissan, starting with the new all-electric Ariya. Nissan is planning to launch a whole range of new all-electric car models. The research and development by 4R, which was 10 years in the making, is finally paying off, for the better of electric car owners and the planet.


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