Green Phonies: Study Reveals Electric Vehicle Batteries Are Source of Hazardous 'Forever Chemical' Pollution

Green Phonies: Study Reveals Electric Vehicle Batteries Are Source of Hazardous ‘Forever Chemical’ Pollution


A new study published in Nature Communications has uncovered a concerning link between lithium-ion batteries, commonly used in electric vehicles, and the spread of harmful per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals.”

Business Insider reports that the research, conducted by a team of scientists including Jennifer Guelfo from Texas Tech University and Lee Ferguson from Duke University, has identified a specific class of PFAS called bis-perfluoroalkyl sulfonimides (bis-FASIs) in lithium-ion batteries. These chemicals, which are used to enhance battery performance and reduce flammability, were found in high concentrations in environmental samples near EV battery manufacturing plants in the United States, Belgium, and France.

PFAS have earned the moniker “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment and their potential to

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