1. Automakers on Second-Life Batteries for the Grid: 'We Want a Foot in the Door of this Market'

    Automakers on Second-Life Batteries for the Grid: 'We Want a Foot in the Door of this Market'

    Last week, Daimler announced an expansion of its battery business with a 13-megawatt-hour battery storage unit at a recycling plant in Lünen, Germany that uses “second-life” EV batteries -- batteries that are too depleted to reliably propel a car, but still have a significant amount of remaining capacity. Daimler claims this is the largest deployment of second-life EV batteries in the world.

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    1. Car companies don't know the energy markets well and are scared because energy markets are so diversified. France is different from the U.K., which is different from Germany. Each U.S. state differs from the other.
    2. Trust me, five years ago, no one in the auto industry knew anything about it.
    3. The system is performing very strongly, and we're learning a lot about how we want to modify a program structure to make this a larger-scale program.
    4. We want to offset additional costs to make EVs more affordable -- that's the overall mission.
    5. No one has a reworked battery cost.
    6. We want to get a foot in the door of this market.
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