To generate any form of power has a down side, perhaps hydro is the cleanest of them all.
For sure coal has its issues which makes you wonder why anyone would push EV when the mass of electricity is generated by coal mad power, seems counter productive.
While I have nothing against solar i have them on my own roof it still has some disturbing issues coming in the future.
ut even as Tesla’s batteries promise to reduce tailpipe emissions, more direct environmental concerns surround the current boom in lithium-ion batteries. As hundreds of thousands more of these batteries hit the market, the problems that come with lithium mining, battery lifecycles and recycling loom large.
In a 2013 report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program concluded that batteries using nickel and cobalt, like lithium-ion batteries, have the “highest potential for environmental impacts”. It cited negative consequences like mining, global warming, environmental pollution and human health impacts.
Aplace where Western Countries abuse 3rd world countries to develop, mine and process toxic products to give themselves a green image.
Weiss’ research focuses on trace gases like nitrogen trifluoride, or NF3, a greenhouse gas 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. NF3 is commonly used in the manufacture of electronics and some solar panels. The gas is confined but a fraction often escapes during the process. In October, Weiss and other scientists found NF3 levels were increasing at 11 percent each year, although the cause is unclear. Production of some other panels involves another gas called sulfur hexafluoride — the most potent greenhouse gas known to science.
There is a darker side to owning an electric car, and it has everything to do with where you live, drive and, most importantly, charge your car. Certainly, an electric car motor does not run on gas, but the electricity used to charge the car does not appear from thin air, either. The electricity that powers homes, professional spaces, power lines and telecommunications structures comes from an electricity-generating power plants. These may run on everything from wind turbines to natural gas to fossil fuel, and the latter is the largest electricity source in the United States.
According to The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the environmental ramifications of EVs from well to wheel are significant. The study took into account all factors along the lifecycle of an electric vehicle, from the toxic battery ingredients like nickel and copper to the energy sources which power the grids that ultimately charge the cars’ batteries. “The global warming potential from electric vehicle production is about twice that of conventional vehicles,” one part of the study concludes, indicating that energy developed from lignite, coal, or heavy oil combustion makes it “counterproductive to promote electric vehicles.”
Its not quite as simple as our Mayor in Fremantle makes out, generally his electrics cars bring some good measure of Carbon + to our country while leaving toxic waste lands in 3rd world countries.
For me that just exploitation.