Nissan and Ecobat partner for EV battery recycling in UK

Nissan and Ecobat partner for EV battery recycling in UK

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May 3, 2024: Japanese car manufacturer, Nissan and US-based battery recycler Ecobat announced on April 30 that they will investigate ways of commercializing the process of locating, transporting, dismantling, repairing and repurposing EV batteries from Nissan Leaf EVs for second life usage.

Uniquely, Nissan could then offer those second life products to market with the added reassurance of an official manufacturer warranty.

Alan Low, EV battery circular economy manager at Nissan Energy Services, said: “We are working with Ecobat to assess how we engage with salvage operators, manage transportation, test, repair and reuse electric vehicle batteries in order to understand the commercial value chain.

“These are batteries from cars that have been dismantled due to old age or that have been written off by insurers, however the batteries themselves still have an opportunity to be reused. They still have a useful life ahead of them, so we need to create a sustainable way of recovering them.”

Once located, the partners say batteries will be assessed and transported to Ecobat’s Darlaston facility, located near Birmingham in the UK’s Midlands, using specialist vehicles. There, further checks will be carried out to determine their long-term safety and performance, allowing Nissan to identify suitable second life applications including BESS and mobile power charging systems.

Batteries that don’t make the grade will be prepared for recycling, the companies say.

“This is a critical piece of the EV sustainability picture that has real environmental benefits,” says Tom Seward, EU key accounts director at Ecobat Solutions UK. “We even recover any energy stored in the salvaged battery and use it to provide power to the onsite EV charger network at our site.”

Nissan, which launched the Leaf has the longest history with EVs in the UK. It says it is keen to establish a lead in the processing of used EV batteries — an industry that it expects to grow dramatically in the coming years.