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A Second Life for the Electric Car

By JIM WITKIN

A lithium-ion battery loaded into a Nissan at a factory in Yokosuka, Japan.Nissan, via News.

As I wrote in a recent article on electric car batteries, are expecting big breakthroughs in battery over the next five that will increase the of electric cars while their cost. But even these advances, researchers that any rechargeable battery gradually lose its capacity to energy after repeated of charging and discharging.

Once storage capacity below a certain level, the can no longer provide the range electric car owners will according to Micky Bly, the director of global battery, vehicle and hybrid engineering at Motors. For its new Chevy Volt, GM that level to be around 60 to 65 of the battery’s original capacity, he in a telephone interview.


At the same time, with of a battery’s useful life intact, automakers anticipate it could serve other, demanding purposes than a few thousand pounds of car.

A of projects and new ventures are already way to explore second-life applications for batteries. G.M. has announced a agreement with ABB. an technology company. And Nissan has a joint venture called 4R with the Sumitomo Corporation.

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This month, researchers at the Renewable Energy Laboratory, by the Department of Energy, announced own initiative in this area, a with academic and industry

From a technical perspective, a area of focus for the laboratory’s will be repurposing these for Community Energy Storage on the electric utility grid, to Jeremy Neubauer, a senior in the lab’s energy storage If all goes as planned, in the smart of the future electric utilities distribute thousands of these Energy Storage packs the grid to help them power flow, especially peak times or outages.

One pack would store 25 to 50 hours of electricity, which provide power for a few hours to or five homes. Packs of size would require together two or three electric car and the compact size of these lends itself to this Mr. Neubauer said.

He also expects that second-life batteries would be for the utilities than buying new

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