Infinitev, a circular economy leader in hybrid and EV batteries, commissioned The University of Melbourne to conduct a comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) aimed at quantifying the environmental impact of remanufacturing hybrid drive batteries versus buying virgin replacements.
The University of Melbourne conducted a cradle-to-gate LCA study, evaluating a range of environmental impacts including carbon emissions and resource depletion. The analysis considered different types of input materials, production routes, and warranty offerings between remanufactured batteries and new ones. The results demonstrated that Infinitev's remanufacturing process slashes CO2 equivalent emissions per battery by 96% compared to buying new batteries.
This substantial reduction is attributable to the utilisation of advanced battery testing and grading technology used by Infinitev, a proprietary process that determines which battery modules are suited for reuse in vehicles and which should be processed for resource recovery. By reusing components and extending their useful life, significant emissions savings are realised. Furthermore, Infinitev has taken additional steps to reduce its environmental impact by implementing rooftop photovoltaic systems to power the entire remanufacturing process, thereby further diminishing its emissions.
Infinitev's commitment to sustainability not only reduces its carbon footprint but also makes hybrid battery replacement more affordable and thus accessible for more Australians. The study's findings underscore Infinitev's commitment to driving positive change within the automotive industry and exemplifying the transformative potential of circular economy principles.