so does the need for electric-vehicle (EV) batteries. This demand has led to considerable growth in battery production
The battery pack of a Tesla Model S is a feat of intricate engineering. Thousands of cylindrical cells with components sourced from around the world transform lithium and electrons into enough energy to propel the car hundreds of kilometers again and again, without tailpipe emissions. But when the battery comes to the end of its life, its green benefits fade.If it ends up in a landfill, its cells can release problematic toxins, including heavy metals.
A little-publicized clause in the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act has companies scrambling to recycle electric vehicle batteries in North America, putting the region at the forefront of a global race to undermine China’s dominance of the field.