Tier has begun a partnership with Nunam, a German-Indian start-up that is advocating for a green power supply in rural India.
Used e-scooter batteries are turned into new energy storage systems to extend their lifespan, improve their environmental impact and support local organisations in India with sustainable second-life battery solutions.
“We are delighted to work with Nunam to find a sustainable way of continuing to use our valuable batteries, even after they have put in many years of service in our electric vehicles,” said Lawrence Leuschner, co-founder and CEO of Tier.
“Sustainability is one of our core values and we look at it holistically. Besides the obvious environmental element of it, we also want to focus on the social pillar of sustainability and support underprivileged communities in India with our second-life battery solutions.”
Darshan Virupaksha, co-founder of Nunam, said: “We’re excited to work together with TIER and drive possibilities of enabling reuse to its large e-scooter fleet for the good. With Tier, we want to contribute to turning the exponential growth of batteries in the e-Scooter sector into a positive catalyst across each stage of its lifecycle, especially the second life stage.
“We think this is a huge opportunity for society and the environment, which can unfold even further with reuse becoming a central piece starting from the design philosophy in electric mobility and its batteries.”
Nunam extracts the cells from the used e-scooter batteries and tests each cell for efficiency by recharging them and seeing whether they can hold a charge. Those that pass are destined for use as power banks to provide a much-needed resource – electricity and power – which can support underprivileged community development in rural India.