Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
Lithium is a natural salt collected in brine pools. The rest of the battery is near 100% recyclable. The biggest drawback on LiOn is longevity, but that is getting better.
The Lithium fears need to stop. You can even go soak in Lithium rich hotsprings that naturally accure.
There's a lot of natural substances that have issues with nature, like oil. I could choose to blindly believe you that these batteries will naturally degrade and that they're already being recycled at 100%. OR, I can listen to experts talk about the issue with lithium ion batteries, and read research papers proposing methods of recycling these forms of waste.. Which do you think I'll believe the most?
Like I said before, my primary concern when buying an electric car is longevity of the battery (and also safety.. fire is bad). My second concern is environmental, will I be simply substituting one form of waste for another? They're already pushing new recycling techniques, which is encouraging. And no, so far no recycling technique actually extracts lithium for reuse... instead they neutralize it creating waste. Look into it instead of blindly believing all is well.