Nissan Aims To Recycle Old Leaf Batteries For A New Purpose

March 22nd, 2021 by

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The world is uniting, making a commitment to switch to fully electric vehicles looking towards a cleaner future with zero-emissions. Nissan was one of the first automakers to take a step in the right direction ten years ago, the Nissan Leaf was one of the first commercially produced vehicles that were fully electric. Fortunately, Nissan has been ahead for quite some time allowing them to face some of the challenges associated with aging electric vehicle batteries. Once the battery is no longer useful in the vehicle happens to be the next challenge, unless something proactive is done soon. Nissan is on top of its game already finding a second-life for the old leaf batteries to help inside the same mobile machines that help Nissan factories worldwide. 

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Nissan began the race for alternative uses for their EV batteries quite some time ago, realizing the battery life-cycle goes far beyond the lifespan of the vehicle. Studies have predicted that by 2040, there will be more than seven million metric tons of EV batteries that will need to be recycled or repurposed. As everyone continues to make the switch to electric vehicles, the need for more recycling facilities will rise. Many car manufacturers consider an EV’s battery life ends once it will no longer hold more than 80% of its charge, even though the battery is still high functioning. Nissan has cleverly come up with the idea of repurposing their old leaf batteries to be used in automated guided vehicles or AGV’s that are used for many different tasks inside Nissan’s manufacturing facilities. 

Adapting To AGV Models 

As a part of its production line, AGV’s inside of Nissan factories are tasked with delivering components and mail to human workers on the factory floor operating through magnetic tracks. The AGV’s are already battery-powered but continue to use lead-acid batteries that only last a couple of years and are not environmentally safe. Nissan currently has more than 4,000 AGV’s around the world in various manufacturing facilities. Indispensable due to the increase in productivity and amount of time it says for workers on the assembly line, Nissan engineers developed a process to take three battery modules from the old Leafs and modified them to fit in an AGV. One Leaf battery pack has 48 modules, enough to power 16 AGV’s with a 30-second automatic quick charge, and are expected to last eight years. Nissan’s road to new innovations never stops. Interested in owning an electric vehicle? Come to John Sisson Nissan today!            

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