What do you do with electric vehicle batteries that have reached the end of life for their use in a car or scooter? Dispose of them? Wrong. They can be repurposed.
Electric vehicle batteries don’t completely degrade even at the end of their useable life in an EV. They may not have the capacity to power the car, but there’s enough life left for other operations. That’s precisely where companies that repurpose batteries come into the picture.
MG Motor India has partnered with Exicom TeleSystems for second-life use of electric vehicle batteries from its upcoming SUV the ZS EV. Exicom will re-deploy MG ZS EV batteries at the end of their useful life with the car and put them through a controlled process of evaluation, disassembly, and repackaging to design custom battery packs for non-automotive applications.
Repurposing EV batteries is a more environmentally friendly alternative to disposing of them. The useable life in the car would be between 8 to 10 years depending on the driving conditions.
The ZS EV’s battery packs, at the end of their useful life, would be used in non-automotive applications and will be recycled instead of being sent to landfill sites. The re-use of used EV battery packs will also reduce the dependence on the limited resources available around the globe. These battery packs will be used in a host of non-automotive applications such as home inverters, commercial & industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage packs.
MG will be launching the ZS EV on 5 December 2019, with customer deliveries starting in January. The MG SZ EV comes with a 44.5 kWH lithium-ion battery pack that is capable of powering the vehicle for between 300-350 Km on a single charge. These are global figures, while the India specs haven’t been unveiled yet.
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