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Where three million electric car batteries will go when they retire

Finding ways to reuse the technology is becoming more urgent as the global stockpile of EV batteries is forecast to exceed the equivalent of about 3.4 million packs by 2025

Bloomberg 

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 ...

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First Published: Fri, June 29 2018. 01:33 IST