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Volvo Is Making EVs Way Better

But not in the way you might think.

Will Lockett
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3 min readJun 10, 2024

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EVs are undeniably a huge step forward compared to the planet-wrecking, gas-guzzling vehicles we have used for well over a century. They are more efficient, quieter, smother, don’t pollute the local environment and offer more performance for the money. What’s more, many EVs on the market have such long ranges and such short charge times that they have the same usability as combustion vehicles. But EVs aren’t perfect. The batteries at their core are potentially a huge issue. They require materials that could possibly be linked to child slavery. The mining of these materials has at times cause massive ecological damage, such as habitat loss and water table contamination with toxic heavy metals. Even the manufacturer of these batteries is potentially problematic, as they require vast amounts of energy and, therefore, could have a huge carbon footprint (though, even in the worse case scenario, EVs have lower lifetime emissions than combustion cars). But, luckily Volvo is implementing a genius blockchain-based solution that will make the ethics and precedent of EVs crystal clear.

This solution is something called a battery passport, and Volvo’s EX90 electric SUV, set to hit the market later this year, will be the first EV in the world to have one. Volvo jointly developed their battery passport with UK company…

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Will Lockett
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