It goes without saying that the lithium-ion batteries being produced for electric cars will not last forever. While they can be recharged many times over a span of several years, they eventually will have to be replaced. This has created some fears that electric cars won’t be as eco-friendly as thought. As more and more drivers turn to electric cars, some believe their batteries will pile up in landfills and begin contaminating the environment reminiscent of all the old computer parts building up today. However, those fears are quite unfounded as car makers have taken the necessary steps to formulate solutions to properly disposing or reusing electric car batteries after they have reached their end.
For example, auto maker Nissan has made agreements with the company 4R Energy Corp. to supply them with their used batteries which will then be disposed of, processed for reuse or refurbished for commerical purposes. Agreements like these will keep lithium-ion batteries in use and out of garbage dumps. Because of the environmental consciousness of electric car consumers, it can only be assumed that other car makers will surely follow in Nissan’s footsteps with their own green methods for disposing or recycling their batteries.
Once a used battery leaves the dealership, they will be reviewed by 4R Energy Corp. to determine their next destination. They may be repaired, or the parts that are in good condition will be taken out and used in the production of brand new batteries.
This development will not only give electric car buyers a better peace of mind, but it will also effect retail prices in a good way. The lithium-ion battery is the most expensive part of electric cars. By using recycled parts in their production, costs are sure to go down. Cheaper batteries will then mean cheaper electric cars. It is a scenario that can only be described as a win win, both for electric car drivers and electric car makers.