12 Jul '11, 11am

Nissan trials solar-powered second life for Leaf batteries

The first Nissan Leafs may have only recently made it to the forecourt, but Nissan is already investigating what to do with the innovative electric vehicles when they reach the end of their natural life. According to Associated Press reports, the company yesterday demonstrated a new prototype device that makes use of four old Leaf batteries to store electricity generated by the 488 solar panels installed on the roof of the company's Yokohama headquarters. FURTHER READING Vauxhall Ampera drives into rental market Nissan Leaf sets safety standards for EVs Along with other auto manufacturers, Nissan has been investigating what to do with old electric vehicle batteries when their capacity deteriorates to a level where the range of the vehicle becomes unacceptable. Experts estimate that first-generation electric car lithium-ion batteries have a useful lifespan of about five yea...

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