Volume 88 Issue 34 | p. 33 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 23, 2010

Lithium Car Battery's Footprint Assessed

Electric vehicles win out over their gasoline-fueled counterparts when it comes to environmental performance
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: lithium-ion battery, electric vehicle, transportation, emissions, life-cycle assessment

The first in-depth environmental analysis of electric cars that use lithium-ion batteries has been published, and the researchers have found that electric vehicles win out over their gasoline-fueled counterparts (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es903729a). Some experts have been concerned that the environmental costs of manufacturing and disposing of electric-vehicle batteries might negate any benefits from reduced hydrocarbon fuel emissions. Dominic . . .

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