Electric vehicle batteries have its raw material from components that comes from mines, which was initially believed to be massive pollutants to the environment and is no better than fossil fuel emissions by ICE cars.

However, a few researchers and a Non-Government Organization (NGO) refused to believe that and conducted a study to prove it wrong.

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As it turned out, the NGO is correct and has proven that electric car batteries and their components such as Lithium and Nickel emit fewer emissions when they are mined compared to the burning of fossil fuel and its mining.

The main reason for electric vehicles to be created is to reduce the pollution brought by internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to the world.

Daily, billions of cars are driving around the world, and only a small percentage of them are electrified or uses zero carbon emission vehicles such as electric vehicles.

The switch to the next generation of electric car power has recently started, and 2020 was the year that paved the way for its popularity to evolve among massive regions like North America and Europe.

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EV Battery Mining vs. Fossil Fuel: 'Hundred Times' Better for the Environment

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An electric cable is attached to the side of a Chevrolet Volt vehicle during a viewing on Capitol Hill July 19, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Volt is a plug-in electric vehicle which will run its first 40 miles without using any gasoline, and then the battery pack will be re-charged by a small internal combustion engine that runs on gas, diesel or ethanol when required. The vehicle is expected to be on the market by 2010.

According to Transport and Environment (T&E), a Non-Government Organization (NGO), electric vehicle battery components are still mined and sourced from the mountains to build a power cell for the motor. While it still goes to the process of mining raw materials like fossil fuels, the organization has discovered that it uses less than the various components of traditional gasoline.

From the get-go or production itself, electric vehicles are already outperforming gas-powered vehicles and their emissions test, making them one of the most ideal alternatives on the planet for transportation.

The study is now looking into lessening the use of lithium, the main component, over the future and recycle older vehicles for their cobalt and nickel.

T&E argued that only 30kg of raw materials are needed and that the average vehicle uses up an average of 17,000 liters of petrol or gasoline on its lifetime or upon the use of the person for transportation.

Electric vehicles are not only focused on lessening carbon and air pollution, but also the massive usage of the Earth's raw materials with recycling and alternatives.

EV Batteries Would Continue to Improve

While the electric vehicle industry already looks like it has cleaned up or done a lot for the environment ever since it has been popular and used by people daily to substitute ICE cars, it is not yet done with its endeavors. The battery makers are still looking at ways to improve EVs and observe more recycling to further decrease the need for raw materials to be mined.

 

Elon Musk has also mentioned this via a recent tweet that he has published, and here, he reiterated that Nickel needs for batteries would soon be answered by alternative components in EVs.

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