Posts Tagged ‘EV’

We are yet to hear the full story on EVs and lithium-ion batteries

Monday, October 16th, 2023
lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles are both their biggest plus and most dangerous threat – to owners and the environment. Last Thursday, ABC AM interviewed Catriona Lowe, deputy chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, to discuss the fire risk of battery charging. She was speaking after an electric scooter exploded in a fireball Read more

Deep-sea mining delayed amidst environmental opposition

Monday, July 24th, 2023
Deep-sea mining

The expected commencement of industrial-scale deep-sea mining for metals in the Pacific Ocean has been put on hold following opposition from environmental organisations and several nations. The metals are used in car batteries. The International Seabed Authority (ISA), a United Nations body that administers vast mining-licence areas in international waters, announced the need for additional Read more

Human rights abuses exposed in EV battery supply chains

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
human rights abuses

Human rights abuses and environmental violations have been uncovered in the Philippines and Indonesian nickel supply chains, a major component of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. A report released by the London-based Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) revealed that these supply chains provide batteries to major companies such as Panasonic, Tesla and Toyota. The Read more

The oily truth about PHEVs and EVs fuel use

Thursday, March 9th, 2023

Manufacturers of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) make various claims about their vehicles’ fuel use. Some say it’s very low and provide numbers to prove it. Consumer NZ, with support from Te Manatū Waka–Ministry of Transport, decided to investigate to see if these suggestions were true. They assessed fuel use in five PHEVs and five Read more

Illegal rare earth mining ‘fueling Myanmar rights abuses’

Monday, August 15th, 2022

Myanmar has seen a massive expansion of illegal mining of rare earth minerals used in green energy technologies and smartphones, fuelling human rights abuses and environmental destruction, according to a new investigation. A Global Witness report released on August 9 said huge sums of money from this illegal trade have benefited local warlord Zakhung Ting Read more

How far can different EV’s go on a single charge?

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

In June 2022, an EV Mercedes drove from Germany to the UK on a single charge, travelling more than 1,200km (750 miles) without needing to stop. The average petrol- or diesel-powered car would have had to refill its tank three times on the same journey, though there was a catch. The electric vehicle was a Read more

Can I do my bit for the climate without committing to an EV?

Thursday, May 26th, 2022
climate change

In the same week the Government unveiled its Emissions Reduction Plan, I faced a moral dilemma as I traded in my vehicle for a fresh set of wheels. Do I blithely bow to the climate zeitgeist and plump for a plug-in? Do I take a bet each way on a hybrid? Or do I go Read more

The blind, head-long rush to electric vehicles is pretty myopic

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
electric vehicles

One of the authors of a recent paper comparing the costs and emissions of electric and petrol-powered cars in Aotearoa New Zealand, Associate Professor Ralph Chapman, says a “blind, headlong rush to electric vehicles is pretty myopic”. “We shouldn’t delude ourselves electric cars are good. They’re just not as problematic as what I call ‘fossil Read more