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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.