Kia Europe has announced plans to re-use former EV batteries as power storage systems.

It has teamed up with Encore, owned by Deutsche Bahn, which receives EV battery packs from across Europe to build and distribute second life battery energy storage systems.

The two companies have unveiled a prototype battery storage facility at EUREF-Campus in Berlin, made entirely from reused Kia Soul EV battery modules.

The prototype can provide 72kWh of usable power to support ‘timeshifting’ – storing solar power for later use – and other applications.

Kia Europe president Jason Jeong said: “With our success in the electrification of Kia models, we also take responsibility for the batteries beyond their lifetime in the car. 

“The pioneering partnership between Kia and Encore shows that we regard batteries as a valuable resource in terms of a sustainable circular economy.”