How much of the earth’s minerals are used within an average 2020 battery?

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The key minerals in an evbattery…

 

It’s no secret that lithium ion batteries are disastrous for the environment due to the amount of different minerals they contain, and the still limited options to recycle them.

 

This great infographic details how much of the earth’s minerals are used within an average 2020 battery with a 60 kWh capacity, which amounts to roughly 185 Kg.

 

The diagram excludes materials in the electrolyte, binder, separator, and battery pack casing.

 

key minerals in an ev battery

 

With materials in the cathode making up 31.3% of the mineral weight in the average battery, it’s important that more R&D work is done to find ways to recycle it.

 

On top of the figures shown in the graphic, the manufacturing process involves:

 

• 11,340 Kg of brine for the lithium.
• 13,600 Kg of ore for the cobalt.
• 2,268 Kg of ore for the nickel.
• 11,340 Kg of ore for copper.

 

In total, 226,800 Kg of the earth’s crust is dug up for ONE single battery.

 

The green revolution isn’t looking so green after all…

 

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