On the ground, charging stations would have to be adapted for the new generation batteries, costing between $1,500 and $10,000 depending on capacity.
Electric cars are also still expensive, and in 2019 they represented only 2.6 percent of global sales, according to the International Energy Agency.
For Myersdorf, the sooner the world switches to electric vehicles the better, pointing to the “huge impact on the planet”.
But recycling lithium-ion batteries remains a problem, with Esperance noting that each has a lifespan of between 3,000 and 3,500 charges.
“We must set up a recycling system, as there is for lead-acid batteries,” he said. “Today, this network is just being set up.”
Both the extraction and recycling of lithium pose ecological, political and economic challenges for technology to overcome.
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