Second life in Europe for Honda EV batteries

April 21, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Honda breathes a second life into its EV batteries
Honda Motor Europe is working with the Société Nouvelle d'Affinage des Métaux (SNAM) on "second life" applications for its electric vehicle EV batteries as a storage medium for renewable energies.

The deal provides for the Europe-wide collection and recycling of used Honda EV batteries to prepare them for the second life. If reuse is not possible, valuable materials are recovered from the batteries and recycled.

Honda and SNAM have already been working together since 2013 on solutions for the traceability and disposal of used EV batteries in accordance with the environmental standards of the European Union. Based on the new expansion, SNAM will in future collect lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries from Honda dealers and authorised recycling facilities in 22 countries and test their suitability for recycling and further processing.

With the increasing popularity of hybrid and battery electric vehicles, there is also a growing need to handle the vehicles' spent batteries in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In the light of recent developments in the market, it has now become possible to use these batteries beyond their first life cycle to supply electricity to businesses or to use optimised recycling techniques to obtain valuable raw materials that can then be used to produce new batteries.

For the collection of the used traction EV batteries, SNAM will use low-CO2 means of transport. The company will then test and evaluate which battery packs are suitable for use in new energy storage devices. These are then processed and made available for domestic or industrial applications.

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Honda SNAM

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