The initiative comes after the production of used battery waste in Japan has increased sharply in recent years.
This is due to the presence of toxic chemicals such as mercury, nickel, and cadmium in the remaining lithium-ion batteries. If the content is dissolved into the soil or water system, of course it can pollute the environmental ecosystem.
To deal with these environmental problems, Suzuki took the initiative to convert the remaining waste lithium-ion batteries from End of Life Vehicles (ELV) into solar-powered street lights.
Later, lithium-ion batteries from used Suzuki cars will be collected, the remaining energy contained in the battery is then converted using new technology made by Suzuki.
Although Suzuki is reluctant to divulge further details about how this technology works, according to Auto Evolution, with the new technology, ten used lithium-ion batteries from Suzuki’s electric vehicles can be turned into one solar-powered street lamp.
“This technology will help pave the way for more effective use of small lithium-ion batteries in the future,” said a Suzuki representative.
The emergence of this innovation then received support from the Japanese government, even to support the sustainability of the lithium-ion recycling program, the Japanese government provided financial assistance for Suzuki.
After being successfully developed in Japan, it is planned that the results of the research program will be disseminated by Suzuki to a number of countries in the world, this is intended to encourage the development of sustainable energy that can benefit the surrounding environment.