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Old 30 Jul 2005, 12:17 pm
Jason
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Default Dark Side of the Hybrids


The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an interesting
article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26. The date on the
cover is September 2005.

Many of the so called "greenies" have purchased hybrids because they
really care about the environment. I learned about something from the
article that I had never thought about before. What's going to happen to
those millions of batteries in hybrid vehicles after they wear out? They
will be placed in landfills. Imagine the harm that those batteries may do
to the enviroment after they are laying in a landfill for 50 years.

If you own or are planning to buy a hybrid vehicle, I advise you to read
the article.

Jason

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Old 30 Jul 2005, 12:33 pm
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On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 10:17:32 -0700, jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote:

>
>The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an interesting
>article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26. The date on the
>cover is September 2005.
>
>Many of the so called "greenies" have purchased hybrids because they
>really care about the environment. I learned about something from the
>article that I had never thought about before. What's going to happen to
>those millions of batteries in hybrid vehicles after they wear out? They
>will be placed in landfills. Imagine the harm that those batteries may do
>to the enviroment after they are laying in a landfill for 50 years.
>


I don't know the specifics but it seems that recycling of such
things is quite common these days.



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Old 30 Jul 2005, 01:11 pm
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JeB <no@spam.org> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 10:17:32 -0700, jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote:
>
> >
> >The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an interesting
> >article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26. The date on the
> >cover is September 2005.
> >
> >Many of the so called "greenies" have purchased hybrids because they
> >really care about the environment. I learned about something from the
> >article that I had never thought about before. What's going to happen to
> >those millions of batteries in hybrid vehicles after they wear out? They
> >will be placed in landfills. Imagine the harm that those batteries may do
> >to the enviroment after they are laying in a landfill for 50 years.
> >

>
> I don't know the specifics but it seems that recycling of such
> things is quite common these days.
>
>

See http://www.batterycouncil.org/news-edf_response.html

Which reads, in part:
5. It's hard to argue with a 97.1 percent recycling rate for battery lead, and
no other battery chemistry can come near that number.

Car batteries are not disposed of. Their materials - mostly lead -- are recycled
indefinitely. The battery industry has been continuously recycling and reusing
lead from old car batteries for more than 50 years. There is virtually no
recycling process for other chemistries, and it's hard to even imagine the cost
of developing a recycling process and infrastructure comparable to what we
already have with lead-acid batteries.



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Old 30 Jul 2005, 02:41 pm
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In article <CpPGe.3405$DJ5.202@trnddc07>, "Doug McCrary"
<DougMcCrary@spamcop.net> wrote:

> JeB <no@spam.org> wrote in message
> news:veene1dfn37o3oahd24biapf0eqq8qgs8c@4ax.com...
> > On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 10:17:32 -0700, jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an interesting
> > >article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26. The date on the
> > >cover is September 2005.
> > >
> > >Many of the so called "greenies" have purchased hybrids because they
> > >really care about the environment. I learned about something from the
> > >article that I had never thought about before. What's going to happen to
> > >those millions of batteries in hybrid vehicles after they wear out? They
> > >will be placed in landfills. Imagine the harm that those batteries may do
> > >to the enviroment after they are laying in a landfill for 50 years.
> > >

> >
> > I don't know the specifics but it seems that recycling of such
> > things is quite common these days.
> >
> >

> See http://www.batterycouncil.org/news-edf_response.html
>
> Which reads, in part:
> 5. It's hard to argue with a 97.1 percent recycling rate for battery lead, and
> no other battery chemistry can come near that number.
>
> Car batteries are not disposed of. Their materials - mostly lead -- are

recycled
> indefinitely. The battery industry has been continuously recycling and reusing
> lead from old car batteries for more than 50 years. There is virtually no
> recycling process for other chemistries, and it's hard to even imagine

the cost
> of developing a recycling process and infrastructure comparable to what we
> already have with lead-acid batteries.


Hello,
You may be right. I have not done any research on this subject. Brock
Yates--the author of the article--stated the following in his article:
"[Batteries] are hardly biodegradable items like spoiled vegetables. They
are in fact self-contained toxic waste dumps. How and where millions of
these poisonous boxes will be deposited ... has yet to be considered, much
less resolved."
Jason

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Old 30 Jul 2005, 03:15 pm
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On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 10:17:32 -0700, jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote:

>
>The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an interesting
>article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26. The date on the
>cover is September 2005.


Maybe the author of the article should have done a little actual
research. Here is what Toyota has to say about battery replacement
and recycling:

http://pressroom.toyota.com/photo_li...ml?id=20040623

How long does the Prius battery last and what is the replacement cost?

The Prius battery (and the battery-power management system) has been
designed to maximize battery life. In part this is done by keeping the
battery at an optimum charge level - never fully draining it and never
fully recharging it. As a result, the Prius battery leads a pretty
easy life. We have lab data showing the equivalent of 180,000 miles
with no deterioration and expect it to last the life of the vehicle.
We also expect battery technology to continue to improve: the
second-generation model battery is 15% smaller, 25% lighter, and has
35% more specific power than the first. This is true of price as well.
Between the 2003 and 2004 models, service battery costs came down 36%
and we expect them to continue to drop so that by the time
replacements may be needed it won't be a much of an issue. Since the
car went on sale in 2000, Toyota has not replaced a single battery for
wear and tear.

Is there a recycling plan in place for nickel-metal hydride batteries?

Toyota has a comprehensive battery recycling program in place and has
been recycling nickel-metal hydride batteries since the RAV4 Electric
Vehicle was introduced in 1998. Every part of the battery, from the
precious metals to the plastic, plates, steel case and the wiring, is
recycled. To ensure that batteries come back to Toyota, each battery
has a phone number on it to call for recycling information and dealers
are paid a $200 "bounty" for each battery.

Elliot Richmond
Freelance Science Writer and Editor
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Old 30 Jul 2005, 05:34 pm
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In article <kknne1t1eropvvu7f34ufmjs6lgtq80uct@4ax.com>,
Elliot Richmond <xmrichmond@xaustin.xrr.xcom> wrote:

> Here is what Toyota has to say about battery replacement
> and recycling:


Spun like a member of the Clinton family.

If you believe Toyota's PR spin 100%, you're in for a big surprise.

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Old 30 Jul 2005, 05:37 pm
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"Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote in message
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> In article <kknne1t1eropvvu7f34ufmjs6lgtq80uct@4ax.com>,
> Elliot Richmond <xmrichmond@xaustin.xrr.xcom> wrote:
>
>> Here is what Toyota has to say about battery replacement
>> and recycling:

>
> Spun like a member of the Clinton family.
>
> If you believe Toyota's PR spin 100%, you're in for a big surprise.


.....and?
That's it?

Please enlighten us with your wisdom on the subject.


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Old 30 Jul 2005, 06:48 pm
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In article <gvqdnUTaMpe6nHHfRVn-hQ@rogers.com>,
"Steve Bigelow" <stevebigelowXXX@rogers.com> wrote:

> > Spun like a member of the Clinton family.
> >
> > If you believe Toyota's PR spin 100%, you're in for a big surprise.

>
> ....and?
> That's it?
>
> Please enlighten us with your wisdom on the subject.


All I'm saying is, Toyota is spinning their side of the story very hard.

Don't accept it at face value. You're a fool if you do. They have an
axe to grind, and they'll spin it however they have to in order to make
themselves look as good as possible and sell as many cars as possible.

In other words, never listen to a car salesman. And that's all that PR
piece is.

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Old 30 Jul 2005, 07:51 pm
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jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote in news:jason-3007051017330001@pm4-broad-
55.snlo.dialup.fix.net:

>
> The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an interesting
> article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26. The date on the
> cover is September 2005.
>
> Many of the so called "greenies" have purchased hybrids because they
> really care about the environment. I learned about something from the
> article that I had never thought about before. What's going to happen to
> those millions of batteries in hybrid vehicles after they wear out? They
> will be placed in landfills. Imagine the harm that those batteries may do
> to the enviroment after they are laying in a landfill for 50 years.
>
> If you own or are planning to buy a hybrid vehicle, I advise you to read
> the article.
>
> Jason
>


Lead-acid and other types of batteries (NiCd and NiMH,Li-ion)are already
recycled,why should hybrid auto batteries escape that?

IMO,there would be valuable materials that could be recovered,in the
amounts that will be discarded.

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Old 30 Jul 2005, 07:53 pm
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jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote in
news:jason-3007051241430001@pm4-broad-46.snlo.dialup.fix.net:

> In article <CpPGe.3405$DJ5.202@trnddc07>, "Doug McCrary"
><DougMcCrary@spamcop.net> wrote:
>
>> JeB <no@spam.org> wrote in message
>> news:veene1dfn37o3oahd24biapf0eqq8qgs8c@4ax.com...
>> > On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 10:17:32 -0700, jason@nospam.com (Jason) wrote:
>> >
>> > >
>> > >The current edition of "Car and Driver" (magazine) has an
>> > >interesting article about the dark side of the hybrids on page 26.
>> > >The date on the cover is September 2005.
>> > >
>> > >Many of the so called "greenies" have purchased hybrids because
>> > >they really care about the environment. I learned about something
>> > >from the article that I had never thought about before. What's
>> > >going to happen to those millions of batteries in hybrid vehicles
>> > >after they wear out? They will be placed in landfills. Imagine the
>> > >harm that those batteries may do to the enviroment after they are
>> > >laying in a landfill for 50 years.
>> > >
>> >
>> > I don't know the specifics but it seems that recycling of such
>> > things is quite common these days.
>> >
>> >

>> See http://www.batterycouncil.org/news-edf_response.html
>>
>> Which reads, in part:
>> 5. It's hard to argue with a 97.1 percent recycling rate for battery
>> lead, and no other battery chemistry can come near that number.
>>
>> Car batteries are not disposed of. Their materials - mostly lead --
>> are

> recycled
>> indefinitely. The battery industry has been continuously recycling
>> and reusing lead from old car batteries for more than 50 years. There
>> is virtually no recycling process for other chemistries, and it's
>> hard to even imagine

> the cost
>> of developing a recycling process and infrastructure comparable to
>> what we already have with lead-acid batteries.

>
> Hello,
> You may be right. I have not done any research on this subject. Brock
> Yates--the author of the article--stated the following in his article:
> "[Batteries] are hardly biodegradable items like spoiled vegetables.
> They are in fact self-contained toxic waste dumps. How and where
> millions of these poisonous boxes will be deposited ... has yet to be
> considered, much less resolved."
> Jason
>


Well,it IS an additional expense that must be factored in.(recycling costs)

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