Exro’s CEO, Sue Ozdemir, explains how EV manufacturers can experience significant cost savings by reviving and utilizing second-life batteries
Exro Technologies states it has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and batteries. The company has announced a development partnership with EV manufacturer, ev Transportation Services, to repurpose batteries from evTS’ FireFly ESV commercial utility vehicle for second-life battery energy storage applications. Exro’s Energy Storage System is equipped with its Battery Control System technology, designed to extend the retired EV batteries into a second life.
The FireFly ESV’s lithium iron phosphate battery technology offers up to 10-years useful life. At the end of its first life, the battery may still have remaining capacity but not the efficiency required for EV applications. Exro’s 90kW Energy Storage System allows retired EV battery cells to be reused for stationary second-life energy storage applications.
EvTS’ chief technology officer, Greg Horne, said: “Through our partnership with Exro, we will help eliminate battery disposal issues and contribute to the circular economy.2
Exro states its patented Battery Control System is an innovative battery management inverter combined with advanced cell control software that can expand the capabilities of batteries by enabling a great depth of control on the cells.
Exro’s CEO, Sue Ozdemir, added: “As electric vehicle batteries reach end of first life, we know there is a growing market for LFP batteries that can be repurposed for second-life energy storage applications. EV manufacturers can experience significant cost savings by reviving and utilizing second-life batteries and we’re excited to partner with evTS on a pilot project to extend the life of their FireFly ESV batteries.”