Second life of batteries: Skoda has started the introduction of a drive from decommissioned batteries

Second life of batteries: Skoda has started the introduction of a drive from decommissioned batteries

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The second life of traction batteries for electric cars that have lost part of their capacity, but are still able to work for more than one year in stationary drives, worries many automakers (Toyota and Nissan, Renault, Hyundai, BMW will not let you lie). Now Skoda has also joined this area. She began building energy storage systems in dealerships, assembled from used batteries from the Enyaq iV electric train and the Superb iV and Octavia RS iV hybrids. Serial production of these machines began recently, but there is already a stock of batteries from decommissioned test prototypes. It is used for the first such blocks.

The company announces that a pilot plant has already been tested in Prague. The system was developed in cooperation with IBG Cesko.

Skoda’s stationary system stores up to 328 kWh of electricity. It can be composed of 20 hybrid batteries (rated at 13 kWh) or five batteries from electric cars (rated at 82 kWh). Batteries removed from cars are warranted for another eight years after the change of their role.

As conceived by the authors of the development, the drive will be charged from “green” energy sources (wind and solar stations), and then give it for the dealership’s own needs (lighting, air conditioning), plus provide fast charging of cars arriving at the center power up to 150 kW. (The idea behind the buffer is similar to Audi’s recently unveiled Charging Center.)

Recycling batteries extends battery life up to 15 years before they need to be disposed of and recycled to recover raw materials. The complex has already received 160 orders from dealers in the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia. Skoda says that over the next few years, more than 4,000 of these drives will be built. And supposedly they are beneficial to customers in Europe, since they are financed from state or municipal subsidies as projects to reduce the carbon footprint of dealerships.

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