Automakers and regulators are working on ways to recycle electric vehicle batteries in Australia to avoid crashing into a new environmental barrier.
Why electric car batteries may go round and round again
By 2030, more than 1.7 million electric vehicles are expected to be roaming Australian roads, each fuelled by a powerful lithium-ion battery.
Many of those batteries are guaranteed by their manufacturers to work for more than eight years and, based on existing electric cars, will keep wheels turning for many more years to come.
But what happens when these power sources finally wear out?
It’s an issue being considered by automakers, Australian regulators and recycling firms which want to see the devices reused to keep household lights on, to power other electrics, and to be broken down and used to fuel more cars.