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Battery waste puts the brakes on the electric transport revolution

Shift to e-cars is inevitable, but their green cred is marred by the problem of how to get rid of their old batteries

Olivia Rudgard

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...

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