NAATBatt International will host a workshop on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on purposing and reusing electric vehicle (xEV) batteries.

Repurposing and reusing xEV batteries in non-vehicle, energy storage applications is a growing practice.  Several factors drive this trend.  The increasing sophistication, growing volumes and rapidly falling prices of xEV batteries make them increasingly competitive in non-vehicle battery applications with batteries purpose built for those non-vehicle applications.

Also, as xEV’s are retired from service in the ordinary course, their batteries contain substantial remaining energy storage capacity.  Analysts estimate that these used xEV batteries will collectively represent several gigawatts of energy storage capacity by the early 2020’s. Many companies believe that they can redeploy these batteries in other, “second life” applications at relatively low cost.

The NAATBatt workshop on Repurposing and Reusing xEV Batteries will examine both the theory and practice of using batteries originally designed for vehicle use in non-vehicle applications.  The workshop will examine the economic, engineering, legal and regulatory issues involved in repurposing and reuse.  Major automakers, researchers and second use service providers will discuss their experience to date on a topic that is likely to have a major impact on the economics of vehicle electrification.