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GM to Announce New Uses for Old Batteries

Backup systems could find new applications for used lithium batteries.

by on Jun.11, 2015

A T-shaped lithium-ion battery-pack from the original Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.

While battery-car sales have been growing at a slower pace than proponents have projected, that still means more than 100,000 new battery packs will be put on the road in the U.S. this year. What to do with them when those vehicles are ready to be scrapped has become an increasingly big concern.

General Motors will announce plans next Tuesday that would create new uses for old batteries. The maker isn’t tipping its hand, but previously had hinted at applications that could include using recycled batteries from its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for power utility back-up systems.

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The announcement will come just before GM begins production of a second-generation Volt for the 2016 model-year. The maker also is readying an all-new electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt, which will be powered by roughly twice as many batteries as most pure EVs on the road today.

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