I’ve heard rumors stating that hybrid cars hurt our enviro due to excessive mining. Bolivia is a prime example, entire mountains are being cut away to accomodate the demand for the exquisite metals needed to build the batteries. Are there websites with the data and pictures?
There will always be some environmental impact from any product we use
but hybrids cause less than most other cars
Bolivia provides Lithium which is used in laptop batteries and the Tesla, but not in Hybrids which currently use Nickel metal hydride (NiMH)
The daily mail reported this pictured huge open cast Nickel mines in Sudbury Canada and blamed hybrids; but their pictures were over 10 years old and the mines had cleaned up their act before the advent of hybrids – there is much more nickel used in a Hummer than a hybrid battery.
Also Lithium and Nickel are easily recovered and recycled from car batteries after use, Toyota alrady have such facilities and buy-back programmes in place; unlike the exotic metal alloys and oil used in fossil fuel cars