STOP producing electric vehicles now before it is too late

STOP producing electric vehicles now before it is too late

The EU commission has decided that from 2035, there will be a BAN on the sale of Diesel and gasoline cars!

Only 100% electric cars will be allowed to be sold from then on…

Let’s hope NCA: Nickel, Cobalt en Aluminium. and NMC: Nickel, Mangaan en Cobalt. become banned, and only LFP-lithium iron phosphate battery accu will be allowed.

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  • Is it true that electric cars have 0% CO2 emission
  • What are the economic and social-economic effects
  • What are the long term planetary ecological effects?

Let's investigate the environmental costs of electric vehicles

Conclusion of these two video’s below are about social economic and environmental effects of electric vehicles (EVs).

For me the most important facts are…

  1. Children as young as 6 work for $ 0,75/day under very harmful conditions.
  2. Battery disposal costs are not calculated, extinction and collapse of our ecosystem is expected in 20 years.
  3. A report by Volkswagen shows by their own figures that electric vehicles need 100.000 km to break even on CO2.
  4. Driving 11.000 km/year on average, EV production increases CO2 output 9 times compared to normal car production.
  5. By 2040, EV car production output compresses ± 594 million years of CO2 output into one single year. (insane)

Source: Gravitas Plus: The dark side of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles come with an enormous social-economic debt

Whilst the estimated worth of Cobalt is 13.63 billion dollars by 2027, this money never reaches the children nor other workers. Many miners die earning less than $ 1 per day and thus EVs have killed people before they hit the road.

Today (2022) we have ± 6.5 million EVs, by 2040 it is estimated ± 66 million EVs. That is 66 million times ± 30 kg of cobalt, which is a global 585% increase in demand, and what does it mean for child slave deaths?

Electric cars come with a massive Carbon debt and calculations show increase in CO2

Using Volkswagen calculations and their CO2 break-even point of 100.000 km in an example for The Netherlands: Dutch people drive ± 11.000 km/year on average (Source: CBS). Thus it will take (100.000 / 11.000 km / year) = ± 9 years before the CO2 debt is break-even compared to a normal vehicle.

NOTE: When we start using water electrolysis oxyhydrogen gas in combination with gasoline or Diesel, it will take electric vehicles up to ± 57 years before they break-even on CO2. Also read: “Driving your motor, car or truck on water”, link below this blog post.

But it is worse... CO2 does not go down, CO2 increases tremendously

With cars running on gasoline or Diesel, CO2 emission is spread over 9 years (break-even point). But with EVs the CO2 is created at time of production of each single car, in other words, the CO2 of these 9 years are compressed into one single year. In other words: EV production increases CO2 output 9 times compared to normal car production. It is estimated that in 2040 production will increase to 66 million EVs per year. Production of 66 million EVs x 9 years of CO2 compressed into one year, results in 594 million years of CO2 is compressed into one single year of EV car production, per year! The centre of Amsterdam may be free of CO2 introduced by driving EVs, but on a global scale we have a very serious ecological issue when we let this EV insanity continue.

The batteries of electric vehicles need charging...

The ongoing running costs of charging the batteries of EVs are not taken into account, i.e. CO2 costs of charging. Solar panels and wind-energy are far from green. Actually they are devastating for our ecosystem also, for those who really know the details. So where does the electricity for the Electric Vehicles come from? The power can be nuclear-, or coal-powered, but in several cases, also Diesel generated next to the charging station. Look it up… click here…  Those who remember the “laws of thermodynamics” from secondary school physics understand that this is a loss of energy. For example, when an EV is charged by a Diesel generator, thus using CO2, they cost more CO2 compared to when directly powered by Diesel, because of the “laws of thermodynamics”.

And it gets even more devastating...

According to current industry expectations, EV batteries are projected to last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles, or about 15 to 20 years. This means that in the worst case scenario, shortly after the EV was supposed to become CO2 neutral, a new battery may be needed. The costs of buying a new battery may be exceeding the financial rest-value of the EV after 9 years, and thus EV is economically written off, ready for the junkyard, and a brand new EV needs to be manufactured / bought. Compare this 9 year write-off to the lifespan of any gasoline or Diesel powered vehicle, and you understand that less of Earth’s resources, less production, and less CO2 are used, thus also from this perspective gasoline or Diesel powered vehicles are far better for the environment.

Batteries (NCA, NMC) can be unsafe

There already have been several accidents where the battery caught fire and exploded. A horrible example is a school bus in France that caught fire in just a few seconds, with zero survival rate for the driver, adults and children in the bus. We do not know yet how to recycle the toxic battery waste, therefore an enormous ecological disaster is expected in 20 years…

And the old batteries?

We do not know yet how to recycle the toxic battery waste, therefore an enormous ecological disaster is expected in 20 years…

Environmental impacts of Cobalt mining (for (NCA, NMC accus)

Cobalt is a deadly chemical that is devastating landscapes, polluting water, and contaminating crops. Across the Cobalt regions of Congo, fish have vanished, killed by acids and waste from the mines. The fish that are still there, are contaminated with prominent levels of Cobalt. This contamination is easily spread to humans through the consumption of fish or drinking of the waters. Cobalt, being a radioactive element, is classified as a ‘possible’ carcinogen, and high concentrations of Cobalt have also even been linked to the death of crops and worms, which are vital for soil fertility.

List of the social economic and environmental effects of EVs:

  1. EVs can be worse for the environment than petrol powered cars.
  2. 70% of Cobalt needed for the battery comes from Congo, known for conflict, poverty and corruption.
  3. Small-scale mining (20-30% production), is unregulated. i.e. no labor laws for ± 200.000 miners
  4. 40.000 Child slaves: Children as young as 6 work for $ 0,75 / day under very harmful conditions.
  5. Estimated ± 2.000 “illegal” miners die every year (plus other life-changing injuries, paralyses, etc.).
  6. Deaths are not reported, mining companies bury the person and bribe the family to keep quiet.
  7. The ongoing running costs of charging batteries are not taken into account, i.e. CO2 costs of charging.
  8. Battery disposal costs are not calculated, extinction threat to our ecosystem expected in 20 years.
  9. Tons of “dirt” is needed (which requires transport, before it’s refined) to make one battery.
  10. By Volkswagen’s own figures we have to drive 100.000 km to break even on CO2.
  11. By 2040, compared, ± 594 million years of CO2 will be compressed into one single year of EV car production, per year!

But there is still a positive future when using LFP Batteries.

The lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePO 4 battery) or in short LFP battery (lithium ferrophosphate) is cobalt-free!

LFP battery is a type of lithium-ion battery using lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO 4) as the cathode material, and a graphitic carbon electrode with a metallic backing as the anode.

LFP batteries are finding a number of roles in vehicle use, utility-scale stationary applications, and backup power because of:

  • Lower cost
  • High safety,
  • Low toxicity
  • Long cycle life
  • and other factors…

As of September 2022, LFP type battery market share for EVs reached 31%, and of that, 68% was from Tesla and Chinese EV maker BYD Source Wikipedia

The world’s first, battery giant CATL (and major Tesla supplier) revealed its new “Shenxing Superfast Charging Battery” at a product launch event Wednesday. CATL says its new fast-charging LFP battery is capable of adding 248 miles range (400km) with a 10-minute charge.

CATLs new fast-charging LFP battery is equipped with in-house technology, including fast ion ring technology, a new superconducting electrolyte formulation, and an ultra thin and safer separator.

The new LFP battery will enable up to 434 miles (700 km) range. CATL claims its new innovation is the world’s first LFP battery to support 4C charging, as well as a “battery for everyone.” For those that don’t know, the “C” refers to the charging multiplier of the battery. Hence 4C can charge in a quarter of an hour.  Source

So, when you buy a new Electric vehicle, make sure you buy with LiFePO-4 / LFP battery.

Conclusion: We need to create a future together where we are driving our vehicles on water!

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Responses

  1. Thank you for this post. This is a growing concern and desperately needs to be researched further and this research made available to the lawmakers and the public. That said, I would add a few areas of concern, not mentioned in your post that would alson need to considered.

    1) The physical destruction to the ecosystem from mineral extraction is huge and can not be repair.

    2) The impact on both methods to the quality of our Water and the life of Watersheds from both the extraction and the disposal.