Older Nissan Leaf electric vehicles’ batteries are being given a second chance as portable power sources that may be used to power devices while on the go or provide emergency power in emergencies.
Nissan Motor Co., a Japanese carmaker, has sold more than 650,000 Leaf EVs. Longer than the lifespan of the car, their batteries frequently maintain a charge capacity.
In portable power sources it created with electronics manufacturer JVC Kenwood Corp. and 4R Energy Corp., a firm co-owned by Nissan and Sumitomo Corp. that focuses on ecological vehicles and power storage systems, Nissan claims it is employing the old batteries.
In Japan, the 14.4 kilogram (32 pound) power supply costs 170,500 yen ($1,170). Sales abroad are not yet scheduled.
There are 48 battery modules in each leaf. Two components make up the portable power stations.
Officials from Nissan claimed that they test the Leafs’ batteries after their owners stop using them and reuse any that are still capable of holding a charge.
Reusing EV batteries for various applications promotes sustainability because EV batteries require pricey rare metals and other raw materials and emit carbon emissions during production.
When batteries’ charge capacity falls to roughly 80%, they can no longer be used to power electric vehicles, but they can still be used for other purposes, according to Balakumar Balasingam, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Windsor who is not involved in the Nissan study.
“Retired EV batteries have great potential in energy storage applications,” he declared. “Billions of EV battery packs will be produced and then hastily recycled in the following ten years if such a solution is not found. Sustainability will have a problem with it.