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Liberty Electric Cars and Nissan disclose plans to sell old batteries to wind farm developers

Posted on April 14, 2010 in Electric Vehicle | Write a review


The rumors are circulating around that the automakers of electric vehicles are thinking to give away their used batteries to the wind farm developers. The wind farm developers will use these batteries to store energy which would be cost-effective too.

The Sunday Times also has reported that Nissan is scrutinizing vast numbers of used and old batteries to give to the renewable energy developers so they can utilize the technology to manage with changeable energy supplies.

The plan is known as 4R – “Reuse, Resell, Refabricate and Recycle” of old and used batteries. It was discussed and revealed last October by the Nissan along with Sumitomo Corporation. Still it’s been discussed that how to give the second life to the batteries in the renewable sector. Though no formal conversation have taken place with any farm developers, the company is looking forward to this plan.

Not only Nissan is thinking about this proposal, but also Liberty Electric Cars of UK based, is designing the world’s first Range Rover electric car. It has been talking to many farm developers such as Scottish Power, Eon, and EDF Energy, to reuse the used batteries.

In order to ensure its ownership after selling their electric cars to customers on batteries, Nissan is lasing out the batteries to the motorist. And the UK based Liberty Electric Cars are leasing out their batteries at 75kWH batteries. By leasing out it will be easy for them to sell the used, old electric batteries. And in return, the customers will get brand new battery without any extra charge. Both the side it’s a win-win situation.

The main questions rises is how the scheme will influence the wind energy market. The goal of the project is to have grid that would have room for variance in renewable, but also to handle requirement, so storage would be of restricted pertinence.



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