Electric cars: Environmental impact of the battery

The Nature Conservancy

I’ve written a series of posts about electric vehicles and the new mass-market, all-electric cars entering the market (Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S).

Conservation and ecological concerns are a major reason some consumers are considering buying these vehicles. Using electricity–preferably from renewable sources–is better than consuming imported fossil fuels.

But what about the battery itself? That massive lithium-ion pack won’t last forever. How “green” is the battery of an EV?

A scientist at The Nature Conservancy answers this question here.

My other posts about EVs:

Chevy Volt vs Nissan Leaf; Tesla Motors Model S vs RoadsterEV BatteriesMSRP, incentives & leasesChevy Volt test drive

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One Response to Electric cars: Environmental impact of the battery

  1. OC Heaton says:

    Interesting. I read an article in the Times today which said owing an electric vehicle could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than a petrol engine because of the energy consumed in making their batteries. Transport wise it leaves you a little limited unless you’re prepared to cycle!

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