The Downside Of Electric Vehicles And Vehicle Financing


Electric cars are being positioned as the transportation of the future because they do not consume fuel and offer drivers a zero-emission way to get around town. Many car buyers have already used car loans to finance their first electric car purchase. Despite the benefits of electric motoring, there is one nagging issue…how to safely dispose of the used batteries.

This issue recently came to a head at Johnson Controls, a global electric car battery manufacturer. Lead poisoning was diagnosed in 21 children residing near its Shanghai, China, facilities.

All manufacturing activity ceased at two factories following the announcement. Johnson Controls was identified as the cause, according to Ju Chunfang, senior official at the Pudong Environmental Protection Department.

A report recently published in the Global times revealed that over 20,000 tons of lead has been used by Johnson Controls during the past nine months. Ten of the children diagnosed with lead poisoning were found to have over 250 micrograms of lead per each liter of blood. This resulted in them being admitted to local Xinhau Hospital for treatment.

The battery manufacturer denies being the source of this lead poisoning, issuing a statement to that effect. It claims to use the same high standards of control at each of its facilities worldwide.

Average emissions at the Shanghai location are only 14 percent of the national standard in China, according to the statement.

Johnson Controls also reported that the amount of lead discharged through its wastewater is just ten percent of the national standard for China. Despite these claims, the fact remains that safe disposal methods for used batteries for electric vehicles have not yet been discovered.

Before completing a car finance application for an electric automobile, consider how your motoring may affect the environment and the health of its inhabitants after all.