INJECTRONICS HYBRID BATTERY REMANUFACTURING EXCHANGE PROGRAM LAUNCHED
The new project works in conjunction with automotive workshops
Injectronics recently announced its new hybrid battery remanufacturing exchange project which it says will enable the scalable component re-use and resource recovery of retired battery packs from hybrid-electric vehicles.
“We are extremely excited to announce Injectronics’ hybrid battery remanufacturing exchange program,” Injectronics Executive General Manager, Gino Ricciuti, said.
“A project of this type creates a circular economy, putting to an end the single use nature of hybrid batteries, is environmentally friendly in its approach and will save hybrid vehicle owners a considerable sum when their battery fails to work as expected.”
Part of IM Group, Injectronics says it is Australasia’s leading supplier of quality new and remanufactured automotive electronic components, as well as the preferred repairer of electronic and mechatronic parts.
A hybrid battery has traditionally been seen as a single use part, but Injectronics says its ability to remanufacture battery packs that are faulty, slow to charge or no longer performing at an effective level has created a circular economy that will maintain battery life long after manufacturer warranties have lapsed.
Supported by the Federal Government’s Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program – a key element of the Government’s $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund – the initiative prevents batteries, plus its toxic materials, from being discarded into landfill.
The hybrid battery exchange project works in conjunction with automotive workshops.
When a fault with a car’s hybrid battery is presented to a workshop, the repairer contacts Injectronics which then securely ships a remanufactured battery direct to them.
The repairer places the faulty battery into the protected container provided and returns it to Injectronics for remanufacturing.
Once complete, this functioning hybrid battery – which comes with an updated two-year warranty – will be made available to future customers.
With the increasing interest in hybrid vehicles, the need for remanufactured hybrid batteries is going to rise over the next decade and beyond.
In 2021 alone, Injectronics says it is estimated that over 16,000 hybrid batteries need be replaced in cars across Australia. This will rise to more than 23,000 in 2024.
Once available to market, it is envisaged that the cost of a remanufactured battery for the end consumer will be between 60 and 80 percent less than a new unit – with Injectronics stating the project also offers considerable environmental advantages as well as cost savings down the line.
In preparation for the project start – which is expected in the next several months – Injectronics will have a bank of remanufactured hybrid battery packs ready for exchange as required.
Apart from the cost savings for the end user, Injectronics says it is setting the automotive industry – particularly independent workshops – up for success with this new project.
It says that by giving workshops access to specialist HEV-specific aftermarket products and services by a reputable business, it offers vehicle owners, via their preferred workshop, a viable alternative to new original equipment battery packs, and enables independent general mechanics to expand their service offering to the emerging hybrid-electric vehicle markets.
Looking to export remanufactured hybrid batteries to New Zealand, in the longer term Injectronics says it wants to further invest in research and development, new technologies and equipment, and align with universities to find cost effective solutions for the reuse and remanufacturing of other battery types, including lithium-ion batteries. It also wants to look at the possibilities with EV, heavy duty and non-road vehicles.
Injectronics says this innovative approach has been recognised by the Federal Government, which supported Injectronics and its hybrid battery remanufacturing exchange program with a $103,000 grant.
“As businesses are still reeling from the impacts of COVID, there hasn’t been a more critical time than now to invest,” Senator David Van said.
“These grants will help the businesses get their products to market sooner, which will grow the economy and create new Australian jobs.
“We recognise how vital innovation is to advance the nation’s automotive manufacturing industry and are committed to back businesses who can think out of the box and expand their product offerings to local and global markets.”
Supported by a dedicated customer service network, Injectronics states its website is one of the most complete technical resources in the industry. The website is said to explain all its products and services and includes technical bulletins, videos, catalogues and brochures – which are downloadable – and can connect customers with their local Injectronics agents.