People think of batteries to store electricity and they automatically think of lithium.Yup, thanks for sharing
There are other technologies.
Baby steps, but this Australian company is gaining traction at long last:
Redflow signs its largest global battery sale with Anaergia to supply energy storage in California – Redflow
Their expertise to date has centred around stand-alone remote installations to back up telecommunications equipment, for example:
Federal Minister’s visit unveils Redflow and Optus’ Resiliency Initiative for Mobile Networks – Redflow
Plus, their batteries are fully recyclable.
the other problem is that the anti EV brigade which spread alot of BS in the early days of EV, talking 5 years ago and some people haven't moved on. A few examples
- In 2016, Tesla's 2021 forecast used more Lithium than the world made then.
Yes true, so the assumption was its not possible, thank god for capitalism. Where there is money there is a way.
- Li is only found in Chile and other poor countries is the only place Li is mined and look at the human rights
World's largest producer of Li, Australia
- Co is only found in Congo
Not quite, it has 50% of the known reserves, Australia has 1/3 of Congo.
Nothing like a surge in Cobalt prices to spur on exploration. However Cobalt usage in EV batteries is declining quickly as most manufacturers including GM, Tesla, LG etc are working towards reduction and ultimately elimination. The actual amount pr battery has dropped by half in about 8 years and will continue to go down.
EDIT: and then there is this https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/22/21451670/tesla-cobalt-free-cathodes-mining-battery-nickel-ev-cost
EV Batteries will end up as landfill.
- Incorrect EV batteries are being recycled either resold to replace V's with a failed battery, being converted to domestic house batteries to be used with PV solar or recycled. While lagging about 50% of all Lithium ion batteries that were deemed suitable for recycling have been.
- Originally EV batteries were deemed consumable items and hence more waste, but as the first EV's hit 10 years of life, this was found to be false and all EV car manufacturers have both extended battery warranties significantly and closed any projects for mid life battery exchange. Most EV's used in normal domestic use are now expected to have the same battery for the life of the car (deemed >15 years). While some brag their 1990 era Falcon's are still on the road etc etc, these cars are indeed now rare and most of the fleet long retired and scrapped. The average age of Australia's cars is now ~10-11 years old. With >80% less than 20 years old. According to ABS, most cars beyond 25 years have lower mileage for their age and tend to be more specialized, classic or former high end cars not normally used in day to day driving.
The list of EV myths goes on and includes charge time phobia and range time phobias. Both realistic issues , both of which are becoming less of an issue with time and both of which would unlikely affect most drivers if you can charge your car at home.
EDIT2: The interesting thing about this statement
"Even the rednecks at my local are talking excitedly about electric cars, an absolute no no 12 months ago."
Is that over the last few years I've seen some incredibly smart people (some here) make increasingly stupid comments to justify their anti-EV stance.
"Cannot drive to Perth", ask them when the last time they drove to Perth?
"takes too long to recharge on long drives", ask them how many people drive 12h non-stop without even a basic meal and pee breaks. Yes there are those minority, but really and how often do they do these 12h drives? Then ask them how often they spend in petrol stations through out the year. So numerous hours per year lost to a petrol station doesn't matter, but 1h to recharge while having a pee and feed driving Sydney - Melbourne once every year or two is life critical! Some of these same people probably smoke too!
anyway, if the Renecks are getting it, hopefully the same commonsense will filter up the food chain sooner rather than later.