Do electric cars run on lithium batteries?

I know the 12-volt batteries in gas-powered cars are lead-acid. I was wondering what the difference is between these and electric car batteries. Do electric cars run on lithium batteries.

Marlee John · Answered on Mar 17, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yes, most electric cars run on lithium batteries.
As opposed to their lead-acid counterparts, lithium batteries have a much better performance capacity. Electric car batteries are similar to the ones in your portable electronic devices, except they’re built to power a car not a laptop.
They hold charge longer, have better performance in extreme temperatures, and have a longer total lifespan of about 10 to 20 years. Though the batteries are more efficient, they aren’t any lighter. The large batteries in electric cars make the vehicles much heavier overall.
Something manufacturers and governments are currently trying to figure out is how to recycle the batteries. Electric-powered motors do not produce any emissions, however, the lithium-ion batteries cannot simply be tossed in the trash when they’re old.
The contents are toxic to the environment and pose an explosion hazard when trying to deconstruct them. Hopefully, experts will discover a way to safely dispose of them before the first wave of dead electric car batteries hits in the next few years.
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