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Nissan Wants To Turn Old EV Batteries Into Street Lights

By Brian Spaen

Batteries inside electric vehicles will often still be valuable after we’re done using them in our cars. How? Nissan is the next automobile manufacturer to dive into energy storage by repurposing batteries from their old Leaf vehicles to power streetlights. Even better, the new program could be adapted into many other forms, such as powering residential homes and community areas.

Nissan is hoping to get ahead of the curve with their new project, “The Reborn Light.” While electric vehicles are still relatively new and in a niche market, we’ll start accumulating some that aren’t fit for the roads anymore. Similar to our mobile phones, batteries could also reach a point where they’re unable to be efficient enough to power vehicles after so many cycles.

In collaboration with 4R Energy Corporation, the new project takes these old batteries and connects them to the base of a nearly 14-foot tall street light. At the top, a solar panel provides the power generation needed to charge the battery and turn on the LED light inside. A concept of the light was revealed in a video.