FPT Industrial and Reefilla, an innovative Italian (and Turin-based) startup offering a mobile charging service, have launched a pilot project aimed at giving a second life to batteries from electric commercial vehicles, in particular the eBS37 model installed in the Iveco eDaily and minibus (just announced). 

FPT Industrial and Reefilla have joined forces in a full circle process to reuse electric vehicle batteries once their service life has expired. The proposed solution also assures full sustainability and compliance with new European regulations. 

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FPT and Reefilla: focus on second life batteries

Manufactured by FPT Industrial in its ePowertrain plant in Turin, where e-axles for light and heavy commercial vehicles, minibuses and high-performance cars are also manufactured, some of the eBS37 batteries will be delivered to Reefilla when they are no longer suitable for powering electric traction. 

The startup will recover the batteries’ modules and over 50% of their internal components. The components will then be installed in Reefilla’s Fillee mobile power banks, for use in recharging its clients’ electric vehicles. By using parts from the eBS37 batteries, Reefilla counts on significantly increasing the charge capacity of its Fillee power banks. 

Set up in Turin in April 2021 as part of the I3P startup incubator and advanced by the Motor Valley Accelerator, Reefilla has developed an eco-system of recharging products and services for electric mobility.

It currently has operations in Turin and Milan, where it offers predictive mobile charging services for commercial fleets and private users. The Fillee power banks, equipped with re-used battery parts, are delivered to clients’ vehicles by a fleet of electric vans, thus offering a top-up of green power through photovoltaic recharging centers.

FPT Industrial – Reefilla: second life batteries for mobile charging

“In addition to its important consequences in terms of a second life for batteries and sustainability for the entire process,” declared Andrea Cugnini, Head of FPT Industrial’s ePowertrain Business Line. “This pilot project with Reefilla demonstrates that multinationals and startups not only can, but indeed must work together to exchange ideas and implement innovative solutions.”

“Innovating means imagining the future in terms of new paradigms; we are delighted to have encountered the same ambition and goals in a big player like FPT industrial,” says Marco Bevilacqua, Co-Founder & CEO of Reefilla. “Bringing Italian industrial excellence into a startup has been anything but simple, but it has been greatly accelerated by a team dedicated to change and with the imagination to realize it – the same values on which Reefilla is founded.”

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