Look, conservation is an incredibly important duty of all societies because it’s being responsible for the world we have. But one of the things that is important is honesty, and to say that an electric vehicle is ‘green’, ie. good for the environment is misleading.
It may not produce emissions out of a tail pipe, but the impact of the chemicals in the those batteries is huge. Too few are considering that aspect and I think it’s driven by greed. Nobody is discussing how those hazardous materials will be dealt with at the end of a vehicles life cycle. And what about car accidents?
Every time there is a wreck on the road will the Hazmat team have to respond? Who will have to pay for the clean up?
What happens when those chemicals and heavy metals leak into the water table?
These are all questions I would like answered. No one seems to be asking them in the government or industry.
I’m not implying that we should not look to alternative fuel and transportation methods. I’m just saying we need some honesty. We will certainly be glad to work on electric vehicles. In fact it might prove less problematic, but the expenses of replacing electronic parts and batteries will likely be higher. Throw in the fees for disposal and you can expect a lot of sticker shock I think.