30 May '13, 8am

Electric car batteries could be greener, says EPA study

Electric car batteries could be greener, says EPA study

Electric car batteries could be greener, says EPA study Batteries used for electric cars could become greener and this should be a priority to help improve the environmental argument for EVs, according to a new study. While modern lithium ion batteries show overall promise for reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to petrol-fuelled cars and nickel metal-hydride battery-powered cars, some of the materials and production procedures should be improved to reduce possible environmental and public health impacts, the 'cradle to grave' study from ABT Associates for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concludes. For example, batteries which use cathodes with nickel and cobalt as well as solvent-based electrode processing, show the highest potential for certain environmental and human health impacts. The environmental impacts include resource depletion, global warming...

Full article: http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/index.php/2013/0...

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