Which New Cars Still Have Catalytic Converters?

You have probably heard the news that catalytic converters are disappearing now that electric cars are increasing in number on America’s roads.

That’s true. But the fact is that there are still plenty of new “standard” cars that are powered by either gasoline or diesel fuel, and those models still have catalytic converters.

It is also true that all hybrid cars – both plug-in and non-plug-in models - have catalytic converters too. So collecting cat converters from junk yards, muffler shops and other sources can still be profitable. (Bear in mind that Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners can only extract the platinum and other precious metals from lots of 500 or more catalytic converters; if you don’t have that many to recycle, please wait to call us until you do.)

Which New Cars Have no Catalytic Converters?

The only cars on the road today that have no converters at all are all-electric cars – the models that you plug in to recharge their batteries, and which use no gasoline or diesel fuel at all. (Again, all hybrid models that use gas or diesel fuel – both plug-in and non-plug-in – still use catalytic converters.)

But more and more carmakers are producing all-electric plugin cars than ever before. Here is a list . . .

  • Audi E-Tron

  • BMW i3

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV

  • Fiat 500E

  • Honda Clarity Electric

  • Hyundai Ioniq EV

  • Hyundai Kona EV

  • Hyundai NEXO

  • Jaguar I-Pace

  • Kia Soul EV

  • Nissan Leaf

  • Tesla Model 3

  • Tesla Model S

  • Tesla Model X

  • Volkswagen e-Golf

And What About Fuel Cell Cars?

Fuel cell cars, which are powered by hydrogen, do not use catalytic converters. Why? Because hydrogen burns so cleanly that cat converters are not needed to burn off particulates and secondary gases that are still part of exhaust gases that exit gas and diesel engines.

One fuel cell car on sale now is the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell model, which is not available for sale in all U.S. states. But make no mistake about it, fuel cell cars are definitely going to increase in number in the years and decades ahead.

If you have 500 or more catalytic converters to recycle, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344. Recycling cat converters might not be the most profitable form of precious metal investing available to you today. But if you call, we can recommend profitable alternatives.

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