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About advances in battery technology, lifespan and recycling

Polestar: Sustainable under power – The latest from the world of batteries. Everyone knows that electric cars have batteries. But that doesn’t mean that you always know all the news from the constantly evolving world of e-batteries. How long is the lifespan of an e-car battery? Which e-battery is the best? Where can you dispose of e batteries, change them? When do you have to change an electric car battery at all? Polestar has addressed these questions and explains the current state of the art in electric car batteries. Here are a few answers to questions about reuse options and a brief overview of advanced battery technologies.

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The age of electric mobility has undoubtedly dawned. According to current forecasts, almost half of all new cars will be fully electric by 2030. In addition to the electric motor (regardless of the battery type), many other components of an electric car require far less maintenance than their diesel or petrol counterparts. In today’s electric cars are mostly two types of batteries installed: LFP (lithium iron phosphate) and NMC/NCM (nickel manganese cobalt). These batteries are charged and discharged by lithium ions moving between the negative (anode) and positive (cathode) side. They are durable, light, can be charged quickly and have a high energy density. This makes them perfect for powering electric cars.

Electric cars offer many advantages over petrol and diesel vehicles. In addition to the reduced impact on the environment, the financial aspects are also obvious. Electric motors are the key to a future with emission-free mobility. However, we must also ensure that the batteries can develop their full potential.

Currently, the production of a battery pack is very energy and resource intensive. In order to make the products as sustainable as possible, Polestar strives to make the manufacturing cycle more circular. Its goal is that the batteries in their vehicles not only last for the life of the car, but can also be used and reused afterwards. However, achieving full circularity requires a holistic approach. That’s why Polestar strives to design its vehicles and batteries to be easily repaired, disassembled, remanufactured and recycled.

The mining of the metals and minerals used in the batteries is a contentious issue as their extraction has a high environmental and social cost. For electric car batteries to become a truly viable option, the automotive industry must ensure that risky minerals and materials with a significant climate impact do not end up in the loop as waste or low-quality recyclates. To mitigate the societal impact of mining, Polestar uses blockchain technology to track cobalt. Currently, Polestar is also expanding the traceability radius to other risk minerals.

Although electric cars offer significant environmental and financial benefits, many consumers are still hesitating in their purchasing decision due to battery life concerns. Many electric car drivers believe that their vehicle’s battery will only last about five to eight years before it needs to be replaced.

However, this is not the case. Most electric car batteries have an expected lifespan of ten to twenty years, before they need to be replaced. Despite the tremendous growth that the market has witnessed in recent years, the electric vehicle market is still in its infancy. Forecasts are always based on estimates. Nevertheless, Polestar offers a guarantee on every battery installed in a Polestar vehicle. This applies – whichever comes first – either for eight years or up to a mileage of 160,000 kilometers.

Everyone now knows that electric cars are equipped with batteries. Hopefully soon everyone will know just as well how these batteries work and that electric cars are the only way forward.

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