Nissan, Sumitomo Corp. and 4R set up plant to recycle electric car batteries in Japan

’s first plant specializing in the reuse and recycling of from electric vehicles is set to open amid growing demand for .

The new factory, in the town of Namie in eastern , will be operated by 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture between and Sumitomo Corporation.

The number of on the road is rising rapidly as environmental issues, including climate change, weigh on the minds of motorists around the world. The availability of used is expected to increase significantly in the near future as buyers of the first generation of electric cars look to replace their vehicles.

The recycling and refabrication of such is expected to have a substantial impact on the battery industry, affecting demand for new battery materials, and on the environment and society as a whole.

Established in 2010 by and Sumitomo Corporation to focus on the effective reuse of electric-car , 4R has gained valuable expertise. The company has developed a system that quickly measures the performance of used , and it plans to apply this innovative technology to batteries collected from all over Japan at the Namie plant.

The plant will serve as the global center for 4R’s development and manufacturing. The batteries recycled and refabricated at the factory will be used to offer the world’s first exchangeable refabricated battery for electric vehicles, and will also be used in large-scale storage systems and electric forklifts. The plant is the first new factory in Namie since the town was devastated by Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and is expected to help revitalize the local economy.

As a leader in zero-emission technologies, Nissan seeks to realize a sustainable-mobility society by developing and marketing electric vehicles and promoting their use globally.

Sumitomo Corporation is a firm believer in the positive impact of electric vehicles on the global environment and is contributing to the expansion of their use in collaboration with 4R. The company’s continuing efforts include promoting the reuse and recycling of used electric-car batteries for purposes including the development of stationary power storage systems.

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