Used Nissan Leaf batteries are now being re-purposed to build new Nissan Leafs, and other electric vehicles (EVs). As part of Nissan’s efforts to collect and re-purpose used battery packs, the packs are now ending up powering AGV (automated guided vehicle) bots delivering parts to assembly lines.
Auto manufacturers like Nissan have been trialing many different applications for re-purposing EV batteries, from shipyard cranes to streetlights to stadium energy storage systems.
This newest application, making the cars themselves, is a particularly poignant circular economic innovation. With the rapid adoption of EVs underway, and the radically lower maintenance costs of EVs, what might a strong and diverse market for used battery packs have on the price, value, and ownership models for the vehicles?