Repurposing Used Large-Format Heavy-Duty Transit Bus Batteries for Electric Vehicle Rapid Charging

Strategic Area

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations

Status

Active

Partners

Centre for Emerging
Renewable Energy Inc.
Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research
Council

Fund

Green Infrastructure

Year

2018

GI Contribution

$ 60,000

Project Total

$ 120,000

Location

MN

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Red River College, Research Partnerships & Innovation

Lead Proponent

Red River College

Project Objectives

The overall objective of this project is to implement, operate and monitor a functional Level 3-equivalent, direct current, fast charge (DCFC) light-duty vehicle charging station at Red River College based on used-batteries taken from battery-electric transit buses that have been operated for an extended period.

Expected Results

It is expected that this project will improve the performance of rapid charging stations by using more efficient battery-to-battery energy transfers; reduce cost of rapid charging stations, through the use of lower-cost used batteries; and improve cold weather related rapid charging performance.

Overall, the use of recycled mildly degraded batteries allows for repurposing of old materials.