Four years ago, I bought new lithium-ion batteries for my cordless phone system and remote control for my sound system. Starting in February, the batteries in the cordless phone system would only allow me to talk on the phone for ten to twenty minutes depending upon the handset. The battery for remote for the sound system expanded causing the remote to no longer fit into the dock and cracked the case. I was able to buy three new batteries for the phone system for $5.99. The new battery for the sound system remote was $14.99. My 2013 Nissan LEAF will be five-years old in June, new batteries for my Nissan LEAF are $5,000!
The first thing Nissan LEAF owners do when they meet each other is ask “How many bars does your battery have?”
I have 11 bars on my LEAF which means instead of previously being able to go around 80 miles on charge, now I can go around 70. I seldom drive over twenty miles in a day. However running out of battery power is far worse than running out of gas because there aren’t electric charging stations on every corner.
Lithium-ion battery technology is improving greatly and but still has challenges to overcome. I was commissioned to write an article about e-mobility and battery technology for TU-Automotive where there will have two days of conferences about the topic. I interviewed several experts who reveal what the future of battery technology could look like.
I have to bring the old lithium-ion phone and music batteries for electronic recycling. Where do the old car lithium-ion batteries go?
Find out by reading “E-Mobility Challenges of Lithium-ion Batteries and Fuel Cells.”