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Nissan looks for uses of Leaf batteries after car

Nissan North America Inc. and energy researchers have their sights set on other uses for the lithium-ion battery packs in the all-electric Leaf after they can no longer power the car. Nissan North America Inc. and energy researchers have their sights set on other uses for the lithium-ion battery packs in the all-electric Leaf after they can no longer power the car.

(AP) - Nissan North America Inc. and energy researchers have their sights set on other uses for the lithium-ion battery packs in the all-electric Leaf after they can no longer power the car.

Nissan said that when the battery packs no longer have enough power for the Leaf, likely after about a decade, they will still have about 70% of their capacity left.

Nissan and partners - Switzerland-based ABB, 4R Energy of Japan and Sumitomo Corp. of America - plan to develop a battery-storage system that could provide up to 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity. That would power about 15 homes for up to two hours.

Nissan spokeswoman Katherine Zachary told The Tennessean that a study will look at possibly using them at hospitals, schools and to "supply a neighborhood."

Information from: The Tennessean.

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