Nissan, Sumitomo, and 4R set up plant to recycle electric-car batteries
4R Energy Corp., a joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo Corp., announced what it is calling Japan’s first plant specializing in the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles. The plant is set to open in the town of Namie in eastern Japan.
Established in 2010 by Nissan and Sumitomo to focus on the effective reuse of electric-car batteries, 4R says it has developed a system that quickly measures the performance of used batteries. It plans to apply this 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 exchangeable refabricated batteries for electric vehicles. The factory 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.