July 19, 2024
Electric cars could be causing a pollution CRISIS - with thousands of tonnes of unprocessed battery waste being DUMPED by drivers in the UK, study warns
If just two percent of the worldwide care fleet was electrified the number of vehicles could stretch around the circumference of the Earth - some 140 million vehicles. Researchers say there is currently no solution in place to deal with properly recycling those batteries.
If just two percent of the worldwide car fleet was electrified the number of vehicles could stretch around the circumference of the Earth – some 140 million vehicles. Researchers say there is currently no solution in place to deal with properly recycling those batteries.

Discarded electric car batteries are creating a huge mountain of waste that could spark a pollution crisis, scientists have warned.  

Electric cars are hailed as one of the key technologies in the fight against climate change, but a new study claims that recycling technology is struggling to keep pace.

This is leading to thousands of tonnes of unprocessed battery pack waste building up  – and potentially leaching dangerous chemicals into the environment. 

In the report, scientists from the University of Birmingham urge governments and industry to ‘act now to develop a robust recycling plan that can meet future needs’.

Dr Gavin Harper, study author, said that without a major recycling technology development, the million electric cars sold in 2017 will produce 250,000 tonnes of unprocessed battery pack waste in their lifetime.

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