Remanufacturing: The answer to helping electric cars reach their potential?
Posted On January 24, 2024
Electric cars are the solution to reducing our carbon footprint, we’re told, and doing something about climate change.
No they’re not, we’re also told, because the process required to produce their batteries is also harmful to the environment.
What to believe? There’s truth to both statements, but our guests in the latest episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston” have a solution.
Maria Caballero is president of E-Mobility and John Boyer is president of TERREPOWER. They’re both subsidiaries of BBB Industries, a top remanufacturer of automotive, industrial and solar industry parts. Among the parts they remanufacture are electric car batteries.
The typical warranty for a new electric car battery is eight years and 100,000 miles, though Caballero and Boyer say they can last longer, depending on the climate in which they’re used and the charging habits of their owner.
Remanufacturing those batteries can extend their lives even further and reduce the need to produce more. Caballero and Boyer say that can make the use of electric cars a good way to, over time, reduce your carbon footprint.
“I think we just need to be thinking that putting EVs out there as a good solution to reduce CO-2 emissions has to be tied to a remanufacturing solution of the battery itself,” Caballero said. “Otherwise, we’ll end up with landfills full of batteries and that is not the idea.”