Nissan has found another use for ageing Leaf batteries as it teams up with affiliate 4R Energy Corporation to enlighten the town of Namie in Japan. Street lights powered by EV batteries as well as solar panels do away with any cabling.
The partners drew inspiration from the devastating tsunami on 3/11 and the project’s title is ‘The Reborn Light’ as Namie went dark back in 2011.
The lampposts designed by Nissan and 4R operate completely off the grid, requiring no electric cables or outlets. A prototype will be tested on March 26 at the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie, with full-scale roll-out beginning in FY 2018.
Update: Nissan and 4R Energy have opened the battery recycling facility together with Sumitomo. They will recycle batteries from electric cars and refabricate them for use in EVs, forklifts and as energy storage units. See our full report.
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