Where will your battery go?

Electrically assisted bikes, trikes, etc.
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horizon
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Where will your battery go?

Postby horizon » 20 Sep 2017, 12:17pm

I just wondered if anyone had a clear idea as to what will happen to their battery at the end of its life.

Not sure if this is relevant:
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable ... -recycling
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Re: Where will your battery go?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 20 Sep 2017, 3:07pm

There are a number of battery recycling facilities already - and I imagine they will become more ubiquitous over the next few years.

Of course they don't die instantly either - they degrade... In the car case that makes for an excellent home backup (which further benefits the nation's electricity supply, and actually makes sense of smart metering) for many times their 'in car' life.

It's not nearly the impending catastrophe that the article implies. A couple of years ago Tesla had suggested a ten year 'in car' life for their batteries, but the telemetry they were getting was pushing that out by 20-30%. That's significant, and of course they can easily be repackaged into PowerWall style product for another decade or more of useful life.

Transport is just the first life stage for modern batteries...

Where will my battery go? I don't know. It will take a good amount more commuting for me to have to consider that question - then it will go to the best solution available at the time. That might even be a ghetto 'garage UPS'...
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