Electric car batteries could see a 90% carbon footprint reduction.
Electric car batteries could see a 90% carbon footprint reduction by getting the main minerals from deep-sea rocks.
Written by: Rahil Hashmi
The main criticism of electric cars is that, when making the batteries, one has to mine the necessary minerals from land ores and this process isn’t very kind to the environment but it was the only method of creating the batteries... until now.
Over the last few years, a lot of research has just been conducted and scientists have now come to the conclusion that electric car batteries could see a 90% carbon footprint reduction if deep-sea polymetallic nodules
What on earth are polymetallic nodules?
If you’re not Walter White, you probably won’t have the faintest clue as to what polymetallic nodules are. But luckily, you’ve got a random 14 year old to help you!
Polymetallic nodules sit on the top of the seabed. Close to 100% of polymetallic nodules are made up of usable minerals which is incredible when compared to the >1% that is found within ores found on land. The best thing is that these nodules can be collected without having to move or drill anything- it’s easy!
Image credit: The Maritime Executive
Why wasn’t this discovered earlier?
I think that, because of the sudden surge in demand for electric vehicle batteries, the world has now just been thrown into a whole new age of ideas and engineering.
This type of stuff wasn’t discovered 10 years ago because, well, nobody had to think about this issues then!
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