Here is something no one talks about.
We have been preached at for years about the oil pollutants of our cars and such. How it kills the ozone and makes a mess and is toxic to our health.
But no one talks about the corrosive acids and metals used in the production of car batteries that are used to power these new electric cars.
The old lead acid batteries that started our gas powered engines could be totally re-claimed and re-used. But not the power batteries they use now
In fact, the manufacturer of power batteries requires a slab of concrete almost a square mile, be poured before the plant can be built to build those
batteries. The corrosive nature of these new batteries are as bad as any chemical or radiation chemical that has ever been made. So, in order to protect
our environment, that big slab had to be poured to contain an spills. That is just the beginning.
Power batteries cannot be reclaimed or reused once the metals stop producing electricity. In fact, the two metals used in their production must be sealed
and buried because of their contaminating properties. At this time there are more than 500,000 of these batteries in the US alone. They last about 5 years.
So as people buy more and more of these cars, and city buses convert to battery, where are these batteries going to be stored after they die off?
Here is another thing you have to worry about. Car wrecks. When these batteries are damaged and broken open, a Hazmat team must be called in to clean up
the spill. Just getting the contents of these batteries on you can cause a lot of problems. That is why in the manufacture areas of these batteries, everyone wears
hazmat suits. Didn't know that did you?
One of the big scares in Japan, after the Tsunami, was that the entire facility was under water for a period of time. When they finally got into the plant, they found that
most of the chemicals and metals used, were gone into the tidal waters. These rare Earth minerals will find a place on the bottom of the ocean and kill anything
around it for 100's of years. There is no way to retrieve it.
So the next time you come upon someone who is cursing the oil industry and the gas car industry, ask him about the electric batteries in his car.
If you do own a hybrid car....get rid of it before it's 4th birthday. The cost of replacing that battery pack is about 1500-2000 dollars. No one is buying these cars as
a used car because of that fact. Another fact. A hybrid model of any car costs about $3500 to $5000 more than the standard model. In five years of driving you will never
make that up in mpg. The only cars that come close are the hybrids that have full electric drivability. The new Ford Fusion has that ability, but it still costs $5000 more
than the standard Eco model. If all your driving is around town, then it will pay for itself in time. But remember this also, state governments are going to apply an
excise tax to electric cars to offset the loss of gas taxes. Plus the charging station at your house, eats electricity like free oats.