Like most ICE vehicle components out there, EV components – everything from batteries to inverters – have a shelf life. When the end of life arrives, in some cases the best thing to do might be to recycle that component down to its raw materials. However, many of these EV components that are failing or degrading over time can be sustainably remanufactured to either extend their life or give them an entirely new life.
TerrePower, a division of BBB Industries, takes this approach, with the goal of keeping EVs on the road as long as possible by taking a used EV part and sustainably manufacturing it for a new life, thereby avoiding recycling and disposal.
“When you think of sustainable manufacturing – we’ll use an EV battery for example – your goal is to use as much of that part as possible. So if you look at a battery, you’ve got the battery pack. Within that pack are modules, and within those modules are cells. If a cell has an issue, we can look at the cell level and identify what that component failure is, fix it, we identify that issue,” says Stephen Albert, director of business development and global EV product strategy for TerrePower at BBB Industries. “From there, we can increase the performance for the module that goes back into the pack that goes into the vehicle.”
On this episode of The Amped EV Podcast, Albert helps us understand the perks of sustainable manufacturing, and explains how the process can bring a failing EV battery back into the market so it’s functioning a full power again, or in some cases, functioning even better than when it was new.
This is an audio-only version of our episode with Stephen Albert, director of business development and global EV product strategy for TerrePower at BBB Industries. Go ahead, you’re already here – take a listen! But, if you’re looking for moving pictures, click here.