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Used Audi batteries to power e-rickshaws in India.

E-rickshaws powered by used batteries are scheduled to hit the roads in India for the first time in early 2023.

The German–Indian start-up Nunam is bringing three electric rickshaws to the roads of India. They are powered by used batteries taken from test vehicles in the Audi e-tron test fleet. The project aims to explore how modules made with high-voltage batteries can be reused after their car life cycle and become a viable second-life use case.

The project also aims to strengthen job opportunities for women in India in particular. They will be provided with e-rickshaws to transport their goods. The non-profit start-up Nunam is based in Berlin and Bangalore. It is funded by the Audi Environmental Foundation. Nunam developed the three prototypes in collaboration with the training team at Audi’s Neckarsulm site, which in turn benefits from the intensive intercultural exchange. This is the first joint project between both AUDI AG and the Audi Environmental Foundation in addition to Nunam.

The e-rickshaws powered by second-life batteries are scheduled to hit the roads in India for the first time in a pilot project in early 2023. There they will be made available to a non-profit organization. Women in particular will be able to use the all-electric rickshaws to transport their goods to market for sale, all without the need for intermediaries. The e-rickshaws are powered by used battery modules that spent their first life in an Audi e-tron.

The start-up’s primary goal is to develop ways to use old batteries as second-life power storage systems, thus both extending their lives and using resources more efficiently.

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