Nissan’s Reborn Light Project Deploys Used LEAF Batteries

APR 6 2018 BY MARK KANE 10


Nissan found a second-life application for the used LEAF batteries that are now coming back to the manufacturer in growing volume, due to high LEAF sales.

Nissan LEAF batteries to light up Japanese town – `The Reborn Light’ project

The idea is to use the batteries as a backup for the solar-powered, off-grid streetlights.

The project, announced by Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation, is called `The Reborn Light’ and will soon be launched in  theJapanese town Namie.

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The new type of outdoor lighting looks like a designers-dream, although the energy storage system could work with any other solar-powered streetlights.

Nissan LEAF batteries to light up Japanese town – `The Reborn Light’ project

“Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up with the town of Namie, Japan, to install new streetlights that will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used batteries from the Nissan LEAF electric car.

The project, titled “The Reborn Light,” aims to provide public lighting for Namie’s residents as part of the town’s recovery efforts following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The project utilizes the growing number of used electric-car batteries that will become available as electric vehicles increase in popularity around the world.

Nissan and 4R have created a new type of outdoor lighting that operates completely off the main power grid, requiring no electric cables or outlets. A prototype will be tested March 26 at the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie, with full-scale installation beginning in FY 2018.”

More about the The Reborn Light here.

Nissan LEAF batteries to light up Japanese town – `The Reborn Light’ project

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10 Comments on "Nissan’s Reborn Light Project Deploys Used LEAF Batteries"

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Cost. Cost. Cost.

Considering how crummy their batteries are maybe they should skip right over to the secondary use of the batteries.

I don’t think batteries are coming back merely because they are selling a large number of Leafs.

Wow, what a truly crummy comment.

And considering how well their Gen 2 sales have started globally, seems like you’re missing something big.

I should have been more specific. The batteries are not crummy, it’s just the lack of a good TMS that makes them so.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

lol, I think it a combo meal of no TMS and bad Battery Chem with their battery pack.

hahahahahahaahahahaha….”due high nissan leaf sales”..hahhahahahahahahahah, let me laugh again….hahahahhahahahahahahhahaha

I think they mean , “due to high degradation on nissan leaf modules”

It’s incredible how they, an important japanese manufacturer is not ashamed about their battery degradation policies.

Yes. Look at us trying to make lemonade out of lemons, aren’t we wonderful.
It’s due to their hierarchical management system, as engineers you don’t question higher authority, you don’t make waves, offer suggestions, rock the boat, etc…
As a result you live with the decisions and rely on your engineers to make them work. Thusly since degradation is due to poor thermal management we just won’t allow the battery to get to hot when charging at higher rates by throttling the charge rate at when at temperature.
Problem solved. Though the result is a car with a smaller battery does a trip of a few hundred miles 20% faster, and this ratio increases as the length of the trip increases.

I love how they re-purpose and re-package their mistake, like those of us who ended up with their 1st Gen garbage wouldn’t really notice.

Contrary to your views, I think this is extremely positive. Hundreds of thousands of LEAFs are on the roads of the world, have you forgotten? Why be negative? We know Nissan plans on slowly introducing a longer range LEAF with a thermally managed LG battery pack in 2019. These are realities. Who else builds an EV as approachable financially as Nissa and it’s LEAF? They went with the low cost air cooled pack to make the car more affordable and accessible. In that, more LEAFs ply the world’s roads than any other EV. More common people drive them than any other EV. More Leafs are leased than purchased. This means many of them are now owned as used cars, increasing yet again, accessibility to those of lower incomes. A 2012-13 LEAF can be purchased for a song. Thus, a perfect vehicle, even with 50-60 miles of range, for a city dweller or college student who never really has need of long range. Priority here is proliferation by low cost. High and mighty or narrow snob thinking only congratulates the highest technical achievement – not how many EVs are used to mitigate ICE usage. I see Nissan’s priority of low cost… Read more »

Couldn’t have said it better myself so I won’t!