WASHINGTON—The steadily increasing adoption of electric vehicles is creating environmental challenges, including more scrap tires.
That's one conclusion reached by the Recycled Rubber Coalition (RRC), which noted in a recent White Paper that EVs are 20-percent heavier than equivalent hydrocarbon-powered vehicles.
This, along with the near-instantaneous generation of maximum torque, increases friction-force on the tire rubber, leading to higher levels of tire wear and waste.
As a result, the RRC estimated that as drivers transition to EVs, the U.S. will produce more than 350 million scrap tires annually by 2030, up from roughly 300 million—more than 6 billion pounds—generated annually now in the U.S.
"Without proper reuse, those tires could end up in junkyards and landfills, creating environmental and public health hazards," the RRC said.