As electric vehicles age, here’s how the batteries are finding a second life

This year, Nissan began powering streetlights in Japan and a stadium in the Netherlands with customers’ used batteries. In 2015, General Motors took on a similar project at their data centre in Michigan.

County Sustainability Group

With EV sales projected to hit 130 million by 2030, the industry faces a potential battery waste problem

Reusing and recycling the batteries in electric vehicles further reduces the carbon footprint of the cars, touted as a key solution to climate change. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

In his pursuit to completely get off fossil fuels, David Elderton has switched anything with a motor — from his car to his chainsaws — over to battery power.

Even the three-bedroom home he shares with his partner on B.C.’s Salt Spring Island is powered, in part, by a battery from a wrecked Tesla Model S he bought last year; it charges via solar panels mounted on his shed.

The size of two large coolers side by side, he says the battery can keep the lights on for up to five days with conservative power use, and about a day when almost everything is running.

Elderton is part of a community of…

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2 thoughts on “As electric vehicles age, here’s how the batteries are finding a second life

  1. Very good report on reuse of a toxic element, may such research continue. However,, a lot of batteries will have to be disposed of, may their adverse effects be greatly reduced. In the meantime, petroleum will be used, there is an abundance of it, no need for wars to control its availability, and vegetation lives on carbon dioxide, whether from petroleum or our exhalation.


  2. Interesting point about vegetation living on carbon dioxide, marblenecltr. A farmer friend tells me that with atmospheric CO2 levels being so high, vegetable crops are producing far more sugars and their nutrient levels are much lower.

    I think there needs to be an absolute requirement on battery manufacturers to recycle the lithium they contain. In fact I believe all manufacturers should be responsible for dealing with their products at end of life. They have externalized the cost to the public for far too long.


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