Daimler AG’s wholly owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH and Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. (BJEV) have announced a partnership to establish 2nd-life energy storage systems in China. The project will make use of retired BJEV electric car batteries.
Gordon Gassmann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy, says: “The extension of regenerative and thus high-fluctuation energy production is rapidly increasing worldwide. The tendency towards increasing distances between the site of energy production and the site of energy consumption also means huge challenges for today’s energy grids. This is creating wide-ranging opportunities for stationary energy storage systems worldwide.”
He adds: “2nd-life battery storage units are a very sensible supplement, as with the further utilisation of disused car batteries we are also making sustainable use of valuable raw materials.”
Ye Xiaohua, Deputy General Manager of BJEV, says: “The rapid electrification of vehicles has transformed vehicles from a traditional means of transport, to a new tool of energy management. BJEV is an expert in areas such as charging and battery swap infrastructure and battery 2nd-life usage. I believe our cooperation in energy management will bring long-term and stable benefits.”
Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. was established in 2009 by the BAIC Group. It’s one of the leading manufacturers of all-electric vehicles in China.