French car-maker Renault, and the British firm, Connected Energy, are launching two new quick-charge stations for electric vehicles in Belgium and Germany using second-life batteries, the two companies announced in a press release. In Belgium, the town of Wanlin, along the E411, has been selected for this “world first”. The batteries used for the new charge stations come from Renault electric cars. Batteries that power electric vehicles generally have a road life of 8 to 10 years, but they can still be used for “stationary” applications, which give them an additional lifetime before they are recycled, according to the group.
“E-STOR technology allows you to store energy through a low-power feed and release the energy thus stocked at high speeds. It thus becomes possible to offer quick-charge solutions for electric vehicles in areas where it would be very costly to set up direct network connections,” Renaut explained.
The Brussels Times