The environmental issues associated with plug-in hybrid vehicles are the same as those associated with all-electric vehicles, plus the issues associated with internal combustion engines. It is likely, however, that the issues surrounding metals used in batteries would likely be somewhat reduced, given that the batteries for hybrids would be smaller. In addition, the air pollutant emissions would likely be reduced as well compared to a conventional internal combustion engine, given that the engines for hybrid vehicles are designed to be smaller and operate within a narrower and more efficient range. Even so, significant penetration of plug-in hybrid vehicles could result in upstream impacts associated with metal mining and refining, and downstream impacts associated with battery recovery, similar to those associated with all-electric vehicles.
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