Electric cars are currently flooding global auto markets. But the batteries don’t last forever. What is going to happen to all those toxic and explosive batteries? Recycling is not in everywhere. The world is heading towards a huge problem here.
A comment by Heinz Steiner
Around the globe, people are currently swimming on what is supposed to be a “green” wave. More and more electric vehicles are on the roads of this world and should replace the “dirty” gasoline and diesel vehicles. But there is a problem with batteries that most people are not aware of. Many people know that the manufacture of these large batteries leads to enormous environmental damage and that raw materials are exploited under inhumane conditions. But what about the batteries at the end of their life?
The problem is growing in China, where millions of electric vehicles have been on the road for a decade already noticeable. In view of the fact that such a battery lasts an average of five to eight years, this is no wonder. Hundreds of thousands of tons of used car batteries want to be recycled or stored safely. Why is it kept? Because recycling lithium iron phosphate batteries is less worthwhile. The situation is different for ternary lithium batteries because of the rare earths. It’s even more worthwhile.
Simply burying them or putting them in a landfill is not possible with these batteries. Remember that a simple smartphone battery weighing 20 grams is enough to pollute three standard swimming pools full of water – or a square kilometer of land for around 50 years. When it comes to electric vehicles, we’re talking about batteries weighing 200 to 700 kilograms. In China there are currently around 5.5 million electric vehicles on the road, in Germany around 440,000. We are already more than 11 million worldwide. The trend is increasing.
So what do you do with all the hazardous waste from giant car batteries? The amount that we have to deal with every year is also overwhelming for the recycling facilities. And that worldwide. There is no corresponding infrastructure. And where do you want to store thousands of tons of these batteries that could catch fire and explode at any time? These are questions that the Greta disciples do not ask themselves, of course.
The Greta disciples are polluting our planet
Massive environmental destruction when the raw materials for all the EV batteries are extracted and then all the poison from these batteries when their lifespan is over: These are problems that we cannot simply ignore. Above all, we must not ignore it. Because under the pretext of wanting to “save the climate”, the Greta disciples contaminate our planet with toxins from the batteries.
We are talking about hundreds of millions of tons of huge, toxic batteries that somehow have to be stored, recycled or otherwise disposed of. How does that work? Has the eco-group thought about it before?