Sumreen Rattan and her friends spend a lot of time in her parents’ garage in Surrey. Surrounded by blinking lights, little black boxes and computers, the four Simon Fraser University engineering graduates spend their days tinkering away, the garage door open to let in air and light.
It’s exactly what it looks like – a garage start-up.
Rattan and her classmates Eddy Chiang, Gabriel Soares and Gurmesh Sidhu started Moment Energy in January of this year. They’re all in their early 20s and had worked together on a school project before deciding to go into business together.
Now, they’re rejigging defunct electric vehicle batteries to provide sustainable energy for remote communities.
“We have a relationship with Nissan North America,” Rattan explains. “The batteries that we’re using, they came out of a Nissan Leaf.”
The automaker sells the team the old batteries after car…