Mitsubishi Australia looks at PHEV battery reuse

Mitsubishi Australia intends to re-lease high-voltage batteries from previous generation Outlander plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) as part of a static energy storage system.

The Japanese automaker is collaborating with Melbourne-based energy storage company Relectrify to produce two prototype 80kW static energy storage systems comprised of previous-generation Outlander PHEV batteries.

Mitsubishi Australia sources these used Outlander PHEV batteries from its dealer network and intends to only reuse those that have around 60 to 80 percent capacity remaining.

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The current plan for these prototype energy storage units is to store energy at Mitsubishi Australia’s headquarters near Adelaide Airport from mid-2023.

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They will charge via solar or, if bi-directional capability is compliant, via PHEVs.

Mitsubishi envisions developing the technology to a point where all traction batteries can be reused and adopted through its dealer network to reduce overall grid dependency.

This isn’t the first time Mitsubishi is exploring this technology, as it implemented a 1MWh storage system using legacy Outlander PHEV batteries at its Okazaki manufacturing facility in 2020.

This closed the production loop as the Outlander PHEV batteries partially powered the production of new Outlander PHEVs.

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A related project is the Nissan Node project, where repurposed Nissan Leaf batteries will partially power the production of Leaf BEV components at Nissan Casting Australia’s facility in Dandenong, Victoria.

The Nissan Node project is also being completed in partnership with Relectrify, which makes sense given that Nissan owns a large stake in Mitsubishi.

On the same topic, another Melbourne-based company, Infinitev, is currently developing a pilot battery energy storage system that uses old Nissan Leaf batteries and stores 120 kWh. Target for commercial sales is March 2024.

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Mitsubishi introduced the second-generation Outlander PHEV in August this year, with its larger 20kWh battery pack, a new battery cooling system and more powerful local electric motors. For the first time it is also available as a seven-seater.

The automaker recently detailed some ongoing tweaks to the 2023 range ahead of first arrivals, which are slated for January next year.

These include a price increase of up to $1500 depending on the variant, as well as a range of new safety and comfort features.

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