Used up dead Electric vehicle batteries?

If the Electric vehicles, like GM's Volt, are our transportation future. What happens to the monstrous Lithium Batteries in these when they have to be replaced? Are they 100% recyclable? In 2006 they were 250,851,833 registered vehicles in the U.S. If these were all electric vehicles, that's one huge mountain of dead batteries!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They are sent to Mexico and chopped up.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes the are recyclable, even the current day car batteries are recyclable, there is a place just down the street from me that buys used car batteries, and most auto wrecker sell the used batteries from cars that they take out of cars to a recycle plant.

    When you buy a new battery, they give you a discount for turning in your old battery.

    many of these are taken apart and the internal parts cleaned and reuse, with only the casing having to be recycled into is base material.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lithium-Ion batteries, like the ones used in the Chevy Volt are recyclable. The issue with these types of batteries occurs when they are NOT recycled, for instance, in old laptop computers.

    According to the EPA (for what that's worth), Li-Ion batteries do not pose a significant risk to the environment. That's not to say that they may not pose a risk at the magnitude found in a car.

    However, when one is talking about a vehicle with several hundred of these batteries, the likelihood of someone disposing of them improperly goes down compared to the one laptop battery that you can hold in your hand. It's like having one aluminum can versus a truckload of cans; you're not going to throw the truckload away as readily as you would one. You would recycle them!

    Because of this, I do not foresee the disposal of spent Li-Ion batteries in electric vehicles to be a health or environmental problem.

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  • 1 decade ago

    pretty much all batteries, the ones you use in a flashlight to the ones used in automobiles, are very nearly 100% recyclable.

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    1 decade ago

    JUST ONE OF MANY QUESTIONS THAT NEEDS ANSWERS ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF GOING GREEN--------DID YOU KNOW THAT GOING THE GREENEST WOULD INCLUDE YOU KEEPING THE CAR YOU NOW DRIVE RATHER THAN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF A NEW CAR ?

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are recyclable!

    Source(s): www.oraclegreen.tv
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  • 4 years ago

    Neville has an excellent response. We assume that you are talking about a battery electric vehicle (BEV) as there are several other possibilities for an EV. The cost to charge an electric vehicle is going to depend upon how much charge you need to put into the batteries, how large a capacity the batteries have, and the cost for the electricity. All these things can vary from location to location and vehicle to vehicle. For this reason we sometimes rely on a cost per distance traveled or over time. Sometimes we need a cost per mile as Neville has suggested. Sometimes we are trying to determine a total cost per year or over the life cycle of the vehicle.1 What makes comparisons to petrol vehicles so difficult is that their major costs are in different areas. The operating cost for an electric vehicle is cheaper. A petrol to electricity energy equivalency is one gallon of petrol equals approximately 33.4 KWh of electricity. In my area and many others electricity will cost slightly more for the same energy. But according to this analysis, (2) and others, the EV is more than 6 times more efficient than the ICE vehicle. Maintenance is also far less with electric drive than with an ICE drive train. As a result of the inherent nature of the EV drive and its efficiency, maintenance, fuel, energy and pollution will all be less than an ICE drive train. The "dead battery" question is again only relevant to a BEV. A solar vehicle may only have to receive sunlight (3) and an online electric vehicle has its power transmitted to it.4 This is also a difficult question because it is very dependent upon rate of charge. A 70 amp 440 volt charge is going to be quicker than a 15 amp 115 volt charge (or less.) It will also depend upon the nature of the electrical storage. There are now buses that will complete a charge in under 5 minutes using ultra capacitors (5) or special batteries (6) In general, you may hear a lot of misinformation and rumors regarding EV, but when presented with a specific issue there are existing specific solutions. It is difficult to respond to a rumor that "EV take as much fuel as an ICE" without a specific reference. It may be possible under some intrepretation of an isolated case but with electric vehicles 6 times more efficient than an ICE drivetrain it is rather unlikely. There are many good sites and accurate reports among the rumors and false claims. Feel free to clarify your specific research requirements so that it will be possible to suggest additional sources.

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