NEWS: AUDI ARE GIVING A SECOND LIFE TO LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Displaying their commitment to a more sustainable future, Audi undertook a new project to re-use batteries within their factories ...
AUDI HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY TO RE-USE BATTERIES ONCE THEY HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR FULL DAY-TO-DAY POTENTIAL
Arguably the most important and overarching electric mobility equation, the German manufacturer has given a new life to the lithium-ion battery.
A team from various departments at Audi came together investigating the hybrid A3 e-tron and Audi Q7e-tron models as well as test vehicles.
There were various benefits towards reusing the lithium-ion batteries, aside from giving them a second life. These included:
- Reductions in manual effort/ labour from employees
- Space saving in the factory
- Cost savings
The batteries are now being used in fork-lifts and tow trucks that are commonly found in a production plant. In the past, these vehicles were powered by a lead-acid battery that weighed up to two tonnes and would need physical removal to be recharged.
The time factor to charge up these vehicle batteries was another downside, as it would take several hours. Now in the employee’s lunch breaks and between shifts, the re-used lithium-ion battery can be directly recharged wherever the vehicle is parked.
Peter Kössler, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG said, “Every lithium-ion battery represents high energy consumption and valuable resources that must be used in the best possible way.”
“For us, a sustainable electric-mobility strategy also includes a sensible second-use concept for energy carriers.” The remaining charging capacity of a lithium-ion battery after use in a car is more than sufficient for the requirements of the transport vehicles. Their driving characteristics actually improve considerably as a result of this use: They can keep their speed constant even on ramps – factory vehicles powered by lead-acid batteries cannot do that. In addition, regular charging during breaks prevents downtimes during working hours.”
It’s great to see Audi setting new sustainable benchmarks and standards within the automotive industry.
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Source: Audi Magazine