Submitted by jdmd on Tue, 2017-03-14 04:57
Does anyone know of a good estimate of the carbon load of manufacturing the Model 3 batteries? I have seen good estimates for the carbon impact of charging the car (which depends on type of local electricity generation), but not for building the car in the first place. I am guessing that even with the efficiency of Tesla's gigafactory, mining the raw materials must be very energy and carbon intensive. I also wonder how much CO2 emission will be needed to recycle these huge batteries at the end of the vehicle life.
Maybe just too difficult to estimate accurately, but I would like to see the range. I have a first-day reservation for a Model 3, and I would buy a one just for the simplicity of the design compared to ICE, but I would not buy one if the Tesla was likely more environmentally unfriendly than an ICE car. As much as I admire Elon Musk, I definitely do not want to take his word for it, regarding the environmental benefits of BEVs.