Used batteries from plug-in electric vehicles could help California meet its goals for energy storage, a report from the University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley law schools said. Anthony Eggert, executive director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy at UC Davis, said that the idea of using refurbished EV batteries has merit. It will come down to the economics, he said. Battery prices are expected to drop in the future, he said, and used EV batteries will be competing with new batteries. To figure out whether the EV batteries are cost-competitive, he said, “you have to look at the future costs of batteries, not the current cost of batteries.”
Zero-emission vehicles’ (ZEV) potential to decarbonize our transportation system may sometimes seem miles away, but the University of California-Davis is doing all it can to prove “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” UC-Davis helped ZEVs shift into the fast lane last week when it partnered with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) to help advance vehicle technology, charging infrastructure, and consumer understanding. And the university has good insight to share – it’s not only ranked as the most charging-friendly school in America, but it’s also home to one of the world’s leading sustainable transportation research centers.