Infinitev, an emerging leader in the electric vehicle (EV) battery sector, has partnered with Kia Australia to investigate battery reuse, repurpose, and recycling solutions for Kia Australia’s range of electric cars such as the EV6, Niro EV and soon to be released EV9.
Damien Meredith, Chief Executive Officer at Kia Australia said
“We are currently in the very early stages of developing a solution tailored to Kia customers that will allow their electric vehicle batteries to be refurbished instead of discarded.”
“What happens to an electric vehicle battery at the end of its life is an important consideration when it comes to EV buyers, so this is a very significant program.”
Dickson Leow, General Manager of Infinitev, expressed his enthusiasm for the battery reuse and repurpose program:
“We are proud to have a holistic solution that addresses the environmental concerns associated with electric vehicle batteries. Our innovative reuse approach ensures that the transition to a circular economy is not only sustainable but also reduces waste and preserves valuable resources. Through responsible battery management, we can accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and build a greener Australia.”
Leveraging cutting-edge R&D and with more than four decades of expertise in automotive electronics re-engineering, Infinitev has developed a comprehensive suite of battery lifecycle management solutions.
When a traction battery experiences diminished functionality within a vehicle, Infinitev initiates a rigorous protocol starting with a SafetyCheck – a meticulous examination encompassing both a physical and electrochemical safety assessments of EV batteries.
Following the SafetyCheck, Infinitev’s skilled engineers employ their proprietary HealthCheck diagnostic tools to conduct thorough performance evaluations of the battery pack and its individual modules. This comprehensive assessment yields a precise characterisation, placing the modules into one of three distinct categories:
A grade modules are reused to build batteries for EV traction
B grade modules are repurposed for battery energy storage systems
C grade modules are recycled by Infinitev’s partners to recover valuable materials.