I found this Chevy electric Bolt getting charged at one of the two new charging stations that were recently put into my 40-year old office building; proof positive that if you put down food and water, it will attract wildlife.
The Chevy Volt runs on a lithium-ion battery, which will be recycled at end of life. Though lithium (a very common element) fetches very little, other components in lithium-ion batteries, such as nickel and cobalt, make the batteries far too valuable to send to the landfill.
Most batteries coming out of cars, however, will not be recycled -- at least initially. Instead, they will have a secondary 10-year life as home energy storage units coupled to rooftop photo-voltaic solar panels. Just two car batteries could power all of the needs of a typical home.
By the time my hybrid C-Max car is ready for the scrap heap, all-electric driverless cars may be the norm, at which point I will get a 1946 Chevy "Waterfall" truck. How cool a dog vehicle would this be?