The number of electric cars on our roads increases every day. But what happens with these vehicles and their batteries when they reach their end of life? When an electric vehicle has made its last journey, that doesn’t have to be the end of the road for the electric battery. It can be used for other purposes, in particular as an energy storage system.
Making energy storage systems from ‘old’ batteries is the core business of our sister company ‘Watt4Ever’. Watt4Ever was founded by a consortium of reputable partners: Febelauto, Eco-lithium, Revolta, Shence management and Out of Use. The aim is two-fold: on the one hand, to find a solution for electric batteries and, on the other, to offer companies a regional, sustainable and profitable solution to their energy needs.
Out of Use’s part in this story is the collection and testing of these EV batteries on behalf of no fewer than 44 vehicle manufacturers in Belgium. The batteries are first collected, adhering to strict safety standards and in compliance with the applicable laws. Then they are treated with the utmost care and tested for their reusability.
Batteries that cannot be reused are sorted and recycled to extract their raw materials. Batteries and modules that can be reused are passed on to Watt4Ever where they are transformed into new energy storage systems.