The three firms will use a prototype recharging station in Kyoto that is equipped with solar cells and a fast recharging system. Electric-vehicle lithium ion batteries distributed for research purposes back in 2008 will be collected and given a new lease on life as recharging units.
A full day or so of sunny weather will likely be needed to generate enough power to fully charge an electric vehicle. The prototype recharging station will be connected to an electric company’s power grid to offset shortages. At the same time, GS Yuasa and its partners plan to sell their excess electricity to the power company.
The three firms jointly produce lithium ion batteries for Mitsubishi Motors’ i-MiEV electric car. They are looking for ways to reuse batteries that have gotten far less use than the expected 10 years.