Vehicle batteries have an excellent reycling record that will get even better with plug-in vehicles. Every car in the world has a lead-acid battery, the most toxic metal used for batteries. Even with its low value as scrap, the recycling rate for lead-acid batteries is about 98% in the U.S. Plug-in vehicles use newer battery chemistries such as NiMH and Li-Ion. Their metals are inherently more valuable than lead. It is illegal to dispose of these batteries in a landfill and their value will ensure that they are recycled.
But even before they're ready for recycling, plug-in vehicle batteries will have a second life. Read more on our PIA Positions page.