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PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota Energy Management System can store 10 kWh of energy and weighs 2,160 lbs.(980 kg).

Toyota Recycles Hybrid Batteries Into Energy Management Systems

The first systems will go on sale this April and will tip the scales at 2,160 pounds – almost as much as a 2012 Prius.

Published: 07-Feb-2013

A shift in Toyota’s research and development strategy could put a charge into the nascent technological application of recycling hybrid vehicle batteries into energy storage systems.

This concept isn’t new, but Toyota’s announcement that it will sell electricity management systems comprised of recycled hybrid batteries to its vehicle dealers in Japan is fresh thinking – to my knowledge the first time an automaker has dedicated a business unit toward integrated battery microgrid systems.

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