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Originally Posted by VelSatisfied View Post
Another thing worth bearing in mind is the environmental cost of mining and transporting the platinum, rhodium and palladium which is needed to produce these catalysts - a bit like the materials involved for hybrid batteries - is it a case of 'saving' the planet at any cost to the earth?

I remember reading something on this, I can't remember the exact details, but the jist of it was that the mining process to get the various metals to go into hybrid batteries and hydrogen pwered batteries did cause alot of pollution, and also the impact on the earth of being dug up! Then you have the manufacturing process of the batteries to add to that.

Also when thinking of hydrogen powered vehicles, they use hydrogen to convert to electricity and the bi product is water. Completly pollution free yes...... No. The current processes they use to create hydrogen uses vast amounts of electricity in the process. This is burning lots of fossil fuels to generate the electricity, so the pollution aspect is still there, possibly more so than running on petrol... I dunno.

Seems like we're tyring to rob peter to pay paul on this one. Not you Paul (Vel)
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