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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.


Nissan Inks Battery Research Deal with Enerdel

The company is betting heavily on electric cars after rejecting hybrid technology.

by on Jul.31, 2009

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The production-intent Nissan EV will make its official debut next week.

Nissan Motor Company has signed a contract with EnerDel and its parent company Ener1, an Indiana company that has been working on advanced lithium-ion automotive batteries.

The research is targeted specifically at developing a new generation of electrical conductive material intended to reduce cost and improve the performance of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries. The company is betting heavily on electric cars after rejecting hybrid technology.

“This project is about continuing the evolution of a critical technology,” said Charles Gassenheimer, CEO and Chairman of EnerDel, parent company Ener1, Inc.

“Nissan is one of the leading companies driving the electric vehicle market today. Over 12 months of discussions on this effort, our management and technical teams have had a tremendous opportunity to get know one another. We are looking forward to successful realization of this project’s important goals.”

EnerDel recently cut the ribbon at one of the most advanced battery production lines for large format cells at its Indianapolis plant. The facility is currently the only high volume manufacturing facility for automotive lithium-ion batteries in the U.S.

Several other companies are also moving forward with plants for building lithium-ion batteries in the U.S., even though tests of the emerging technology remain incomplete. However, tests by GM, Ford and their battery suppliers such as Saft and A123 have bolstered the case for using lithium-ion batteries in both hybrids and pure electric vehicles.