Earlier this year, California announced plans to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2025. Despite the many concerns sparked by the announcement, electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity. However, many consumers know little about EV batteries, where they go after disposal, how they are disposed of, or even whether or not they can be recycled. A recent study conducted by engineered battery materials company, Ascend Elements, revealed exactly what some consumers believe about EVs and EV batteries.
Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, Ascend Elements surveyed a random sample of 1,004 United States consumers about their beliefs and attitudes regarding battery technology and EVs and found that there are many misconceptions held by consumers about EV batteries. The company’s vice president of Marketing & Government Relations, Roger Lin said, “We’ve encountered many myths and misconceptions about electric vehicles and, in particular, EV battery recycling.”
According to the survey, 47 percent of those surveyed think EV batteries cannot be recycled, and 37 percent don’t understand that recycled lithium-ion battery materials can be used to make new EV batteries. The independent research firm also discovered that 39 percent of the surveyed consumers understand that the critical materials in lithium-ion EV batteries can be recycled over and over with no performance loss.
The survey found many other misconceptions as well, which points to an industry wide need for improved consumer education and outreach about lithium-ion batteries and battery recycling best practices, according to Lin.
Lithium-ion EV batteries can be an issue if not properly handled and disposed of, however, there are many end-of-life facilities like HOBI that specialize in recycling IT hardware including EV batteries. Battery recycling helps close the loop on a circular economy, and eliminates the waste they would otherwise create.
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