If even the more moderate forecasts hold true, there could be millions of battery-electric vehicles on the road within the next decade. But what happens when they hit the end of their life? Glass, steel and even rubber can be recycled. But what about their high-tech batteries?
That’s what General Motors wants to find out. The maker is partnering with ABB, a leader in power generation and related technology, to see if there might be life after death for the batteries used in the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
“In many cases, when an EV battery has reached the end of its life in an automotive application, only 30% or less of its life has been used,” said Pablo Valencia, the senior manager overseeing battery lifecycle management for GM. “This leaves a tremendous amount of life that can be applied to other applications like powering a structure before the battery is recycled.”