August 23

China’s Abandoned, Obsolete Electric Cars Are Piling Up in Cities

On the outskirts of the Chinese city of Hangzhou, a small dilapidated temple overlooks a graveyard of sorts: a series of fields where hundreds upon hundreds of electric cars have been abandoned among weeds and garbage.

Similar pools of unwanted battery-powered vehicles have sprouted up in at least half a dozen cities across China, though a few have been cleaned up. In Hangzhou, some cars have been left for so long that plants are sprouting from their trunks. Others were discarded in such a hurry that fluffy toys still sit on their dashboards.

Photo courtesy of Claudia Kürschner.

Source: Bloomberg (link opens in a new window)

Technology, Transportation
electric vehicles, renewable energy, waste