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Used Electric Car Batteries Are Heading to Factories and Farms

  • Industrial sector targeted with cheaper, second-life units
  • Segment is poised for significant growth through 2050: BNEF
The ReVolve unit
The ReVolve unitThe ReVolve unit Source: Relectrify
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Retired electric vehicle batteries that are repackaged into energy-storage systems are being targeted at industrial consumers who’ve been slower to adopt the technology than utilities or homeowners.

Relectrify, an Australian technology developer, is beginning sales of units that repurpose expired Nissan Motor Co. Leaf batteries to create products capable of storing renewable power at manufacturing facilities, farms or remote mines. The systems can also be used to smooth out peaks in electricity demand at EV charging stations, or by utilities to improve the reliability of complex rural grids.