Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Ethan Elkind of the Climate Change and Business Program Pens Sacramento Bee Op-Ed on Repurposing Used Electric Vehicle Batteries

September 17, 2014 – Ethan Elkind, associate director of the Climate Change and Business Program at UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools, wrote an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee on repurposing used electric vehicle batteries.

California leaders are wringing their hands now that Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for its planned $5 billion “gigafactory.” Lost to California is a battery superfactory with 6,500 on-site jobs, plus thousands more in supportive industries.

But California still has an opportunity to boost an entirely different battery supply market, one that will also help the state clean our energy supply and reduce the cost of electric vehicles in the process. The answer lies not in manufacturing new batteries, but repurposing used ones.

Read the article.