(I added another quote snippet from your linked article.)
This is another enlightening aspect on the ills of EV batteries and the constraints on supply. I've recently been concerned about the social justice aspects of labor exploitation in these operations. This local community and laborer health impact is another one. We really need to use our battery supplies efficiently.
At the bottom of that link, there is a comment section. In that was a comment that the Nissan AESC produced batteries (that's what is in the Leaf 1.0 right?) doesn't use Cobalt. Anyone know if that is the case? For that matter, could the materials used in the AESC batteries have a worse social justice burden than the ones using Cobalt?
Is there a resource that tells us which cars have batteries of which type? And also important, which battery types are better/worse in terms of social justice impact?
I really like EVs and want them to become mainstream. But I also want to be socially responsible not just green. I'd love to see a rating of each EV on multiple social justice scores: one for green (at the point of use - i.e., I want my local community to have clean air), one for green (total carbon footprint from cradle to grave - includes the environment impact of the battery sourcing in that source community), and one addressing labor exploitation. With this information, those who care can factor that into their buying decisions and hopefully influence the manufacturers' decisions. But there probably aren't enough who care about ethical issues such as these so this probably would be a wasted exercise to put such a scorecard in place.