Millions of electric car batteries will retire in the next decade. What happens to them?

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XiaoZhi Lim

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The quest to prevent batteries – rich in raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel – ending up as a mountain of waste

A tsunami of electric vehicles is expected in rich countries, as car companies and governments pledge to ramp up their numbers – there are predicted be 145m on the roads by 2030. But while electric vehicles can play an important role in reducing emissions, they also contain a potential environmental timebomb: their batteries.

By one estimate, more than 12m tons of lithium-ion batteries are expected to retire between now and 2030.

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