MORE THOUGHT NEEDED
In Tokyo, senior R&D engineers from several car firms warned they remain sceptical that legislators fully understand the impact of battery-electric vehicles.
One powertrain chief said the focus must shift to the whole-life impact of battery-electric cars if rule makers are to avoid provoking knock-on environmental problems, for instance.
“The focus today is on the performance and cost of the cars, but we must ask deeper questions,” he said. “Are the materials we want to use the right ones we should be using, environmentally? Are we legislating to ensure the batteries have a useful second life after cars? There is much work to do.”
The message is clear: anyone who thinks widespread uptake of battery-electric vehicles will answer all our problems should think harder.
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