Note: Yeah I know something’s up with the audio but it sounded fine to me at the time. Later videos will have this fixed.

China is the world’s largest EV market with over 5.5 million sold as of March 2021. This is a good thing in many ways. China has the most cars in the world and these are replacing harmful greenhouse gases. But these things have their own sustainability concerns.

There have been the concerns about environmental damage resulting from the extraction of elements like lithium and cobalt. But another concern has to do with the coming problem of waste.

China is starting to experience the leading edge of this problem. In 2020, 200,000 tons of batteries were decommissioned, and the figure is anticipated to rise to 780,000 tons by 2025.

In this video, I want to look at China’s looming EV battery waste problem. And what the world’s biggest EV market is doing about it.

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23 thoughts on “China’s Coming EV Battery Waste Problem”

  1. No they are not replacing “harmful” greenhouse gases. You think electricity comes out of Chairman Mao’s butt??? Oil, gas, and coal. Plus a little fringe ☢️.

  2. He mentioned a very important point about TESLA. If you buy a TESLA with 250 mile range; after 10 to 15 years this will decrease to 200 and 150 miles. And then you will be up for $15,000 for a new battery pack.

  3. By service life you mean chinese cars stop working when the battery reaches that point? Like are you forced by software to pay up and replace the battery? Same with tesla?

  4. When you purchase your EV and after the battery is no longer useable, 10 years maybe, getting a new battery for your car is very doubtful. It’s probably not manufactured anymore. A refurbed battery will be your only choice with a limited warranty and costly. Right now, buying a used EV with battery degradation is a lot different than buying a high mileage ICE. Spent EV batteries is going to be the elephant in the room.

  5. Maybe it would be wise go back to using horses. Beasts of burden have served humanity sustainably for tens of thousands of years, as opposed to our recent industrial habits that have drastically messed up the planet in less than 300 years

  6. Knowing the way China works, someone at company A is going to hire someone to truck them to a rural area, dump them in a field, and bribe the local officials to look the other way, Meanwhile the poor local citizens there will have to deal with the consequences.

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