MORE THOUGHT NEEDED

Autocar - - TOKYO MOTOR SHOW - JIM HOLDER

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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