Multiple outlets feature UCLA/UC Berkeley report on used electric vehicle batteries

October 2, 2014 — A recent report by the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative at UCLA/UC Berkeley law, which suggests used electric vehicle (EV) batteries “could be a critical part of the solution” in decarbonizing the state’s future power grid, was reported in multiple media outlets.

It was featured on San Francisco’s KCBS Radio. Listen to the story.

Forbes covered the report:

With the large number of EVs, a need for storage, and a proactive energy policy, California would seem the best place to start.  As the report concludes “The state could ultimately blaze a trail that other states and countries can follow, providing innovative and economically beneficial uses for second-life electric vehicle batteries.”  Amen to that…

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Ethan Elkind, associate director of the Climate Change and Business Program at the schools, which runs the initiative, was quoted in Scientific American about the report.

With sales for plug-ins growing, it became important to look at the battery issue, (Elkind said.)

California needs to get policies in place now, he said, to help the "second-life" EV battery market flourish.

"California is perfectly positioned to be the leader in the country, if not the world," Elkind said.

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Elkind also wrote an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee on the report.

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.

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