Even after they have degraded too much for continued automotive use, the lithium-ion battery packs in electric cars still have significant useful storage capacity.
That's led several automakers to experiment with alternative uses for these "second-life" batteries in stationary energy storage.
Battery packs can store energy generated by renewable sources for later use, or act as a limited backup power source.
But is that really the best use for these battery packs?
Would it be better to recycle the packs, disposing of them in the same way as most other components from cars that are at the end of their useful lives?
Recycling used electric-car battery packs would in fact be the better option, argues a new report from Lux Research (via Charged EVs).
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