Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Batteries are used to power the latest generation of fuel efficient and gasoline-free cars. Ranging in size from 50 to 500 lbs., these batteries come in a diverse array of configurations, sizes, and chemistries.
Today’s economically and environmentally conscious consumers are embracing eco-friendly transportation options, and we are seeing more and more car and truck models and brands entering the market each year, all increasing the demand for enhanced closed loop recycling technologies and solutions. The Retriev team has been proactive in creating strategic partnerships and alliances in this niche market, with an early commitment to research and process for recycling new hybrid and EV batteries.
Together, with our collaborative partners in the energy and automotive industries, our proven track record in comprehensive custom battery programs has made Retriev Technologies the resource to trust for both manufacturers, dealers and consumers.
The rise in the popularity of hybrid vehicles can be traced to improvements made with NiMH battery technology. Previously, electric vehicles were powered with heavy and inefficient lead acid batteries, which weighed too much and did not hold enough energy to make the use of hybrids and EVs a workable form of transportation.
Advancements in the manufacturing of large format NiMH battery packs, offered car makers a lighter weight battery storage option with the ability to hold far more energy than previously possible. Mass-produced hybrid vehicles began to be widely adopted in the early 2000s with the arrival of the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight, both of which used NiMH technology.
Since that time, many more makes and models of cars have used NiMH for battery storage. NiMH has proven itself to be a safe and reliable for use in automotive applications and shows signs of being utilized for the foreseeable future, despite the promise of increasingly advanced battery types such as Li-Ion.
Car makers and battery manufacturers have continued to work tirelessly to produce batteries that hold more energy, all the while be housed in packages that are smaller and lighter. This work has lead to great advancements in the field of Li-Ion batteries, which recently began to replace NiMH as the batteries of choice for hyrbid and EV applications.
Fully electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and every model of Tesla, all rely on Li-Ion batteries to achieve high mileage all electric driving modes, which would not be possible with less advanced technologies like lead acid or NiMH.
Recycling of these Li-Ion batteries becomes difficult, because unlike NiMH batteries that are all relatively the same, Li-Ion batteries can contain greatly different components from one manufacturer to another. That being said, Retriev has the technology and expertise to recycle all commercially produced Li-Ion batteries, and can even work with manufacturers to develop methods of recycling prototype batteries yet to be mass produced.
We understand that in many instances the regulations regarding end-of-life management and transportation of large format hybrid and EV batteries have not kept pace with the advances in technology. For that reason, we strive to provide consultative services to our customers with the hope that we can bring clarity to otherwise ambiguous and elusive regulations, ordinances, and statutes.
The management of large format batteries should be approached with great attention to the risks involved. For that reason, we are able to pull from our decades of experience to help your company develop best practices, unrelated to any current law, for the purpose of keeping your employees safe and your property incident free.
Always dynamic and willing to adapt to the requests of our customers, we have recently started to provide certain logistics services for hybrid and electric vehicle batteries.
We have established storage facilities that specialize in the storage and maintenance of new, unused batteries that must be kept in stock should a battery replacement ever become necessary. In addition, we have dedicated personnel for coordinating the return of non-functioning batteries and the replacement of new batteries.
Whatever your battery related logistics issue, we can create and initiate a solution.