Have you ever wondered about what happens to battery packs in electric vehicles after they are deemed no longer usable? They are usually discarded but not recycled to be reused.
Renault decided to partner with Powervault to take advantage of these battery packs and repackage them for home appliance use and simpler energy sources to reduce environmental impact and increase energy efficiency in homes.
In cars like the Tesla model S, or the Renault Twizy, Zoe, Kangoo ZE – the battery pack should serve about ten to eight years before it’s deemed no longer usable. The battery however can still have enough capacity to serve home appliances and other less demanding applications, giving it another 10 years of life.
An initiative to jumpstart the trend will begin in the UK next month, where about 50 such units will be distributed to customers of the electricity division of retail distributor Marks & Spencer. The program targets customers who already have solar panels installed, and want to store all the electricity captured from the sun. A win-win situation for both markets.
This could be very beneficial for people in terms of cutting back on electricity bills during the summer period by cutting costs to about 30 percent. Expect the rest of the EV car manufacturer to follow suit, especially Nissan and Mercedes.