DTNA presents its plans regarding expired batteries

DTNA presents its plans regarding expired batteries
DTNA presents its plans regarding expired batteries

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) presented its plans at the ACT Expo to find a second life for the batteries that power its electric trucks.

This strategy involves the repair, refurbishment, reuse, and ultimately recycling of materials contained in lithium-ion batteries.

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“As part of our commitment to maximizing material life cycles, we meticulously assess environmental and ethical implications from sourcing to post-production,” said Rakesh Aneja, Vice President and Head of Zero- Emission Transformation Group at DTNA. “Our main goal is to repair the materials of our lithium-ion batteries and reduce the consumption of new resources.”

When a battery is beyond repair, it is remanufactured at Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing’s facilities across the United States, including the recently expanded Hibbing, Minnesota site. These batteries will then be put back into service in DTNA vehicles.

In addition, the batteries will be reused as part of a partnership with Nuvation Energy. They will be used for backup inventory, charging, peak demand shaving and microgrid scenarios.

DTNA has also partnered with Li-Cycle to recycle batteries that cannot be reused. The company uses an environmentally friendly method to recover up to 95% of the materials contained in the battery, while producing minimal discharge into water.

“This circular approach is not limited to batteries,” added Mr Aneja. “We are actively working to apply this concept to other aspects of our product development, with the aim of increasing our use of reusable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to continue to make a positive contribution to the preservation of our planet for future generations.”

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