Renault Discusses EV Battery Second-Life & Afterlife – Video

OCT 1 2015 BY MARK KANE 3

Renault ZOE battery

Renault ZOE battery

Renault promises to take care of batteries that lose 30% of initial capacity by using them in second life as energy storage systems.

70-80% is typically considered the point at which an electric car owner would be willing to swap an old battery for new one, although the battery itself still works just fine.

If old batteries, with 70% capacity, are not suitable for cars, they can still be used in energy storage systems to support the rollout of renewable energy, or for emergency power supply for another decade or so –┬áthus enjoying a second life.

Only the deeply depleted batteries should go to the recycling process under Renault’s circular economy concept, to recapture things like cobalt, nickel, copper, manganese, aluminum, lithium and solvents.

“The batteries of electric vehicles may have several lives. They are reused, for example in response to energy storage requirements for the building. At end of life, all the elements contained in these batteries are recovered for recycling.”

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Very important!

30% range loss is still tolerable if your vehicle has enough range to begin with and the charging network is getting better.

This might only apply if you use 30% of your range daily and around 80% for long trips anyway. Like 300 miles / 500km model s ^^

Agreed. >80% of the time, I drive less than 25 miles in a day. In all but the coldest days of winter, I can easily continue to use my Leaf with 30% degradation. If I had started with 300 miles of range, then I could drive it until the doors fell off without replacing the battery.