The electric transport revolution isn’t as green as you think. The shift to electric vehicles is inevitable, but electric waste poses a significant question over their green credentials. Germany’s courts were witness to a strange row between unlikely enemies last week when Tesla was pitched against a group of environmentalists. Work on the electric car firm’s new German factory was briefly halted after eco-warriors objected to the company cutting down trees. The protesters were ultimately overruled, and work resumed on the plant – but the case was a reminder that the journey to an electrified future is not without its own environmental complications. The shift to electric mobility now seems almost inevitable, and a necessary step to make city air cleaner and reduce emissions. But there are pitfalls, and one of them is what we do with the millions of lithium-ion batteries which will power the electric vehicles set to take over our roads.
Telegraph 24th Feb 2020 read more »