What happens with spent nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries that can no longer power hybrid vehicles down the road? Well, until recently, most NiMH batteries recovered by car dealers or vehicle dismantling companies were shipped off for reduction treatment, a process which involves crushing and sorting materials found within the battery. The extracted nickel headed for stainless-steel production sites where it was used to make components like exhaust systems and everyday household items such a
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Cobasys and A123Systems are no strangers to AutoblogGreen, but I have the feeling that we'll be hearing about these two companies a heckuva lot more in the coming years. I mean, think about the PHEV market, the EV market and whom these two firms have managed to align themselves with: GM, Enova and government agencies. Most (not all) of these partnerships, though, involve NiMH batteries and everyone knows that the near future lies in lithium-ion.