Even the fiercest defenders of electric automotive propulsion won’t tell you that it is a perfect green technology. Reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and relying on domestically-produced energy–these are all great benefits. Yet, there are still kinks to be worked out. Mitsubishi just teamed up with some other companies help make electric technology more renewable.

According to a press release from Mitsubishi, “The purpose of the project is to demonstrate efficient and economically feasible energy management practices based on the optimization of electricity storage, charging and generation technology with respect to existing demand.”

Mitsubishi and its partners will be working to research ways to take used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles and convert them to energy storage systems. They will be exploring this possibility initially for the Japanese and French markets where, at the moment, electric vehicles have become quite prolific. Because as they say, “the utilization of used lithium-ion batteries is an important factor towards the realization of a sustainable society.”

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