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[–] brother_tempus 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

From the article :

There are a variety of motivations put forth to justify these subsidies.

There is no motivation that can justify this subsidy because a subsidy is theft.When the government makes loans or subsidies to business, what it does is to tax successful private business in order to support unsuccessful private business.

As for the supposed "environmental bonuses:" about these cars is negated by the front-laoded negative environmental impact these cars create as part of their construction and their disposal - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00532.x/abstract

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The answer depends upon how the electricity ( to charge the car's batteries) was generated. If the electricity is generated by a air polluting power plant then there may not be anything good being done for the environment.

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[–] Grospoliner 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] WastedCanadian 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Well when a car dies it can be parted out and stripped down to almost nothing. Then recycled. The problem with electric are these massive battery packs. I don't know much about this but I imagine it's really expensive to dispose of the batteries after. And batteries are dirty in regards to recycling. They may not be spewing crap outta the exhaust but when the cars done and scrapped I imagine it's wore than a normal car. Or I could be out to lunch.

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[–] Frenchgeek 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/can-electric-car-batteries-be-recycled.htm

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1093810_electric-car-batteries-what-happens-to-them-after-coming-out-of-the-car

http://hackaday.com/2015/02/14/fixing-a-toyota-camry-hybrid-battery-for-under-ten-dollars/

In short : most battery pack can be reused, sometimes simply by replacing one faulty cell ( with can then be smashed in order to extract the metals from it ). Or repurposed for less space constrained applications.

And for those that can't, you get to play with liquid nitrogen.