There is no doubt that Tesla are the current go to electric car manufacture on the market with little to no direct competition in the UK. Most people see Tesla as the company that is paving the way for the future of renewable energy electric vehicles, while this may be the case not many people are talking about the potential environmental impact the battery production for Tesla (and other car manufacturers)is having on the planet.
The batteries used in Teslas & other modern electric cars are Lithium. Lithium is a super lightweight and highly conductive metal that has been used in batteries for decades, however with the sudden surge in electric vehicle manufacturing we are seeing the growing impact of mining for this rare metal.
Most of the electric energy that is used to power Teslas is generated by burning carbon. Due to this if all the cars on the road today were powered by electricity we would see no major benefit environmentally, as the amount of green house gases being produced would be roughly the same amount.
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