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Across the nation, the production of electric vehicles (EVs) is beset upon by a supply chain riddled with shortages in addition to environmental concerns, creating two big headaches for Democrats pressing forward with electrification of transportation

 

In Michigan, for instance, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 2023 budget aims to spend $50 million to subsidize new EV sales or a $500 rebate for at-home charging equipment for new or used EV. Another $10 million would start converting Michigan’s roughly 13,637-vehicle fleet to EV.

Most Michiganders don’t drive EVs. The Secretary of State’s office counts among registered vehicles in the state: 5.8 million gas vehicles; 13,545 EVs; and 105,651 hybrid vehicles.

With new technology comes new challenges, including the environment cost of extracting rare earth minerals from developing nations and storing old recycled batteries. A study published in Science Advances says global demands for lithium and cobalt, essential to EV batteries, are expected to increase around 10-fold from 2018 to 2030, surpassing current supply.

Study author Fengqi You said researchers should design batteries for sustainability. Moreover, researchers should consider environmental and economic tradeoffs in manufacturing, using, and recycling batteries.:snip:

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With new technology comes new challenges, including the environment cost of extracting rare earth minerals from developing nations and storing old recycled batteries. A study published in Science Advances says global demands for lithium and cobalt, essential to EV batteries, are expected to increase around 10-fold from 2018 to 2030, surpassing current supply.

 

 

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