New Delhi: German multinational automotive Daimler with its battery energy storage subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy has recently entered into a partnership with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV) to develop second-life battery storage for Chinese market.
The partnership will see a consolidation of expertise and resources regarding the value-chain of automotive battery systems, while laying the groundwork for a sustainable renewable energy development, Daimler said in a release.
Under the partnership, Mercedes-Benz Energy and BJEV, which is a BAIC Group subsidiary, intend to use BJEV’s old electric vehicle batteries for this purpose.
BJEV was established in 2009 by the BAIC Group as a development platform for New Energy Vehicles. With more than 420,000 battery-electric vehicles on the market so far, BJEV is one of the leading manufacturers of all-electric vehicles in China.
Commenting on the partnership CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Gordon Gassmann said “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. 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.”
The German automaker further informed that with extensive tests and simulations, the Mercedes-Benz Energy engineers will demonstrate in the coming months how electric automotive storage units will in future also be able to support the Chinese power grid efficiently and sustainably with regard to fluctuation and power outage management.