Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Corporation have formed a new joint-venture to conduct research on the second-life use of lithium-ion batteries that have been used previously in electric cars. (Earlier post.)
Naming a second-life business for recyclable advanced lithium-ion batteries as the 4R Energy business in October 2009, both companies started a joint study to “Reuse, Resell, Refabricate and Recycle” the lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars.
Nissan will launch Nissan LEAF, the company’s first mass-market electric car in December 2010 in Japan and the United States, followed by the global release in 2012. Meanwhile, in April 2010, Sumitomo launched a new division, the New Business Development & Promotion Division, which is responsible for environmental businesses and is working on developing new approaches to realizing a low-carbon, recycling-based society.
While the EV market is expanding, the new joint-venture company will work towards developing the second-life battery business. As part of this new business development, the company will conduct demonstration tests and undertake a commercialization study.