What will we do with all of the hybrid or electric vehicles batteries when they die?
Will they be an enviromental hazard?
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
My neighbor is a liberal. He buried his in his backyard, true story
- Half-pintLv 51 decade ago
They will be recycled. There may not be a huge market for battery recycling right now but when demand for the rare earth elements which are used to make these batteries goes up so will the price. Once this happens there will be a huge market for battery recycling. On top of that, from what i've read, these batteries are expected to last for around 10 to 15 years depending on how much a person drives. When these batteries begin to die they don't simply stop working, they become less able to hold a charge for very long. I would expect the battery makers will set up trade in programs where you can trade in an old battery and get a certain percentage off for a new battery. On the bright side electric cars require much less maintenance than traditional cars.
- 1 decade ago
The Li-ion batteries used in electric cars will outlast the car itself, so unless you end up with a faulty one for some reason, getting a new battery won't even be your concern. As some on here have suggested, should someone want to drive your 2010 Volt in 2110, then they'd have to get a new battery otherwise, it could be recycled as suggested. I'd imagine that a whole new sales model of buying "used" batteries to power electric vehicles would emerge.
Perhaps when you buy the car new, you have the option to buy or lease a battery or bring your own.
- KyrixLv 61 decade ago
From what I understand regarding EV batteries, at some point they're unable to power the vehicle but could still hold some charge, at which point electric companies could use them. If they bought them for a nominal price, it would be far easier to ensure that they get recycled once they no longer hold any meaningful charge. My guess is that we'd (we = federal govt.) set up some sort of program to subsidize their sale to the utilities.
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- joecool123_usLv 51 decade ago
Recycle them. The Toyota Prius batteries currently have a bounty of $200 on them. You don't pay to have them recycled, they pay you. So, unless people like throwing $200 in the swamp, they are probably going to take the battery back to the dealership and get the cash. :)
- intelexLv 61 decade ago
The batteries will need to be recycled, just like any car battery. The lead and sulfuric acid can be regenerated or reused for other applications.
Yes, just like so many electronics that contain heavy metals, they are an environmental hazard and need to be dealt with appropriately.Source(s): Environmental Consultant
- jzLv 71 decade ago
i know they're a hazard for rescuers who need to extricate car crash victims from inside the hybrids. those using the "jaws of life" can be electrocuted if not careful.
- PARKERDLv 71 decade ago
The same thing that is done with regular car batteries, recycle.
- bondLv 71 decade ago
The larger the battery, the more recycle value they have.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
drop them at the car dealers door where you bought it, and see if they show responsibility, do it soon before they stick you with the cost of disposal, leave them at the republican car dealers door, know first before buying that jem, cause they are going to stick you with extra cost, just like wal-mart does , they will not take back the t'v. s they like to sell so much, these market artists will try to stick you with it, KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY THE CRAP , KNOW BEFORE TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONSE'S
- Little TeddieLv 41 decade ago
Send them COD to the White House.