Battery chemicals are bad for the environment and can’t be recycled.

Get this, 99% of batteries in conventional cars are recycled, according to the EPA. EV batteries have an even brighter future. In fact, they are commonly used in the aftermarket for use by utilities to store renewable energy or to provide residential power back-up systems. Soon, the used batteries will be up-cycled to store solar and wind power.

In addition, the metals in EV batteries are quite valuable and many recycling programs are currently in development. A Belgian company plans to use Tesla’s battery pack material to produce an alloy it can further refine into cobalt, nickel and other valuable metals as well as special grades of concrete. So all good news on the recycling front.