Electric Vehicles' Battery Problem

  • Published on Jan 10, 2022
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Comments • 6 015

  • Tapakapa
    Tapakapa 21 hour ago +10

    One way to cut the growing demand for lithium, cobalt, etc. is massively shifting mobility towards public transport, cycling, and walking in combination with more efficient land use promoting these modes of transport. It's not an easy fix either, but we've known that it works for decades and we have all the technology we need for it, so we can start that shift right now.

  • Jonathan Hall
    Jonathan Hall 14 hours ago +1

    “Artisinal mining” is such a classy way of phrasing forced child labor in unsafe conditions

  • eigow ou
    eigow ou 14 hours ago +332

    As a electrician at work I'm asked almost everyday about electric vehicles and this video perfectly summed up the issues and problems people are totally unaware of

  • 96fps_from_mars
    96fps_from_mars 16 hours ago +358

    What if we increased energy efficiency with steel wheels on steel rails, and ran long extension cords above the roads so vehicles didn't need as large batteries.

  • Profane Gaming
    Profane Gaming 14 hours ago +184

    Ok with all due respect, Hello Fresh being more eco-friendly? Individually shipping individually wrapped and contained meals to homes... there may be less food waste but I'm more than skeptical about their overall impact being lower than traditional ways of obtaining groceries.

  • Savva Pouroullis
    Savva Pouroullis 12 hours ago +61

    Very well said. I'm in the mining industry and I often tell friends that there is no such thing as ethical cobalt, and that the massive battery boom is going to be powered by unethical mining in central Africa. People tend to not register or believe me. It's just too inconvenient to admit that almost everything about our 21st century lifestyle is made possible by child labour in the DRC, and too easy to ignore unfortunately.

  • Lew Blank
    Lew Blank 19 hours ago +972

    One thing Sam should get tons of credit for is the story organization. This is an INCREDIBLY complex story and he's done a phenomenal job turning it into a well-organized, easy-to-understand story

  • Jamie Payton
    Jamie Payton 16 hours ago +8

    Excellent video, and a brilliant introduction to the depth of the issue. I hope videos like this are a catalyst for better discussions around all such issues, especially the climate crisis. Keep up the good work.

  • Volker Siegel
    Volker Siegel 7 hours ago +29

    Lithium seems very fundamental, it is so extremely fitting the purpose, while being extremely light, it has just one proton more than Helium. But it could be replaced by sodium (Na). That is available, cheap and practically unlimited, in the NaCl in seawater, for example.

  • pzul
    pzul 7 hours ago +4

    As an electrician in the Uk. This is very informative 👍 the struggle is massive. Not just batteries but the demand on the supply network.

  • Mark Turner
    Mark Turner 4 hours ago +6

    I have to disagree with a statement you made at

  • Dustin Currie
    Dustin Currie 23 hours ago +3

    Every model of emissions attributed to EV production that I’ve looked at has been so flawed that I can only suspect that the flaws are intentional. There are two mistakes that I’ve seen in every model. Lithium brine is a low emissions lithium extraction method. Until recently, half of the world’s lithium production comes from brine extraction. Lithium brine also makes up the lion’s share of proven lithium reserves, meaning that emissions will not linearly grow with substantially increased lithium production. Secondly, the biggest modeling mistake that I see is that all emissions from rock mining are attributed to the mine’s lithium production. Hard rock mines that produce lithium also produce tin, aluminum, gemstones and other metals and minerals. It’s deceptive to attribute all emissions from a mine to lithium alone. There is significant carbon and ecological cost to lithium mining, but not even well meaning publications can be trusted to correctly discuss and model these costs.

  • Skylar's Terrible Memes
    Skylar's Terrible Memes 21 hour ago +1

    of course, hellofresh will help me reduce my impact on the environment by packing literally everything in an absurd amount of plastic.

  • Trident
    Trident 16 hours ago +73

    As a electrician at work I'm asked almost everyday about electric vehicles and this video perfectly summed up the issues and problems people are totally unaware of

  • Jasim Anees Ahamed
    Jasim Anees Ahamed 2 hours ago +2

    Dude there's an alternate tech called "Sodium-Ion".

  • Jack Son
    Jack Son 14 hours ago

    Wendover winned me over lol I love your videos so much Sam. I learned so much from your videos. I appreciate the huge amount of effort you put in to these masterpieces.

  • TheSar
    TheSar 14 hours ago

    One of the best channels on TheXvid. I loved your China series, I hope this is the start of a manufacturing and resource series.

  • DaDonBay1
    DaDonBay1 7 hours ago

    I love the frankness of your video essays and the tone you tend to strike. Thank you friend for delivering cut-and-dry, detailed information in an engaging way. Your content is a port in a storm.

  • Loo Wyatt
    Loo Wyatt 21 hour ago +1

    I am a geologist and every time I say this to someone who's on about electric cars will fix everything... The issue is more how much we are using raw materials not what we are using... We reached peak mining in 1980s for most raw material, every years it's getting more and more expensive to mine these resources... Sadly our entire economic system is measured by growth which can only be fulfilled by more mining more resources

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan 2 hours ago +1

    I dont think you can forecast what will happen in 10 years. As what i am seeing now I am sure we come up with the tech that would allow us to replace all vehicles to EV in that time frame