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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Electric cars, trucks, and vans by Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and Brightdrop.

GM secures Vale Canada nickel for EVs

Enters deal for battery-grade nickel sulfate to be produced in Canada's new Battery Valley. In a deal that helps General Motors meet its electric vehicle ambitions and further solidifies Canada... — Updated 11/21/2022 Full story

 
Lithium-tellurium disc batteries are held with clamps during testing at UBC.

Tellurium may be key to longer-range EVs

Tellurium, a rare byproduct of mining copper and gold, may be the secret ingredient to longer-lasting lithium batteries that allow electric vehicles to travel more than twice as far on a single... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Artist’s concept of a battery system for storing wind and solar energy.

Zinc8 scopes US zinc battery plant sites

Encouraged by the support it has received from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, along with the clean energy battery tax credits offered up in the Inflation Reduction Act, Zinc8... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Cups with aluminum, sulfur, and molten salts in aluminum-sulfur batteries.

A new low-cost aluminum-sulfur battery

Seeking an affordable and safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries for the storage of intermittent clean energy from wind and solar, a global team of researchers led by an award-winning chemist... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
A geologist’s hammer next to lens of graphite at Graphite Creek in Alaska.

Study details US graphite supply chain

At a time when American automakers are looking for potential domestic supplies of the graphite that makes up nearly half of all the materials that go into the lithium-ion batteries powering... — Updated 8/30/2022 Full story

 
Stacks of boxes storing drill core at the Turnagain nickel project in BC.

Mitsubishi invests in BC nickel project

Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Corp. has entered into a deal to gain a foothold in a potential nickel-cobalt mine at Giga Metals Corp.'s Turnagain project in Northern British Columbia,... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
The tops of several AA-sized batteries commonly used in electronic devices.

Rechargeability looms for zinc batteries

For years, researchers have sought a viable method for making the common zinc alkaline battery rechargeable. Now, a team of international researchers has developed a technique for doing just that.... — Updated 8/10/2022

 
Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup under bright lights at the Rouge EV Center.

The ABCs of securing metals for Ford EVs

Looking to secure the materials required for the lithium batteries that will deliver power to more than 2 million electric vehicles per year by 2026, Ford Motor Company is adding the clout of its... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
An artist rendering of a lithium-ion battery.

Vital link to Ontario's EV supply chain

Umicore to invest C$1.5B on lithium battery materials plant in Ontario. To establish the missing link between Ontario's abundant lithium battery metal resources and the established automotive... — Updated 7/26/2022

 
Graphite is the single largest ingredient in lithium-ion batteries.

Low-CO2 Nouveau Monde graphite affirmed

The carbon dioxide emissions of electric vehicles are not measured by exhaust from the tailpipes, but from the greenhouse gasses associated with building and charging these zero-emission... — Updated 7/19/2022

 
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares presentation at the Dare Forward 2030 conference.

Stellantis invests in Zero Carbon Lithium

To further secure supplies of sustainably produced lithium for the batteries powering the electric vehicles manufactured by Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, and its other European... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Electra Battery Materials’ cobalt refinery in Ontario.

Electra considers Quebec cobalt refinery

As it advances the development of a lithium-ion battery materials park centered on its cobalt refinery in Ontario, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is considering the potential of building a... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Scientist observes battery cathode material produced with Nano One technology.

Nano One's battery cathode Instant Pot

Global mining and metals company Rio Tinto has entered into a strategic partnership that includes a roughly US$10 million (C$12.5 million) investment in Nano One Materials Corp., a British... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Mud pots above geothermal lithium sources near Salton Sea in CA.

Stellantis orders Hell's Kitchen lithium

Another major automaker has gotten in line to purchase future supplies of low-carbon lithium that Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. will be cooking up from geothermal brines at its Hell's Kitchen... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
Silicon, the atomic number 14, is found below carbon on the periodic table.

Korea backs NEO Battery Materials plant

In a major step toward achieving its mission to help accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles by providing an alternative to the graphite anode materials typically used in the... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Prototype silicon anode battery packs by Sila Nanotechnologies.

Sila Nano silicon anode for Mercedes EVs

In a significant step forward for the electric vehicle industry, Mercedes-Benz announced the next step in its partnership with Sila Nanotechnologies, to incorporate Sila's silicon anode chemistry... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
A chunk of graphite found at Quebec deposits for lithium-ion batteries.

Quebec graphite companies join forces

In a landmark deal that is expected to further solidify Quebec as a major North American hub for the enormous quantities of graphite needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
Manganese, 25th element on the periodic table, is used in alloys and batteries.

Manganese X preps for Battery Hill pilot

Manganese X Energy Corp. is rapidly advancing plans to become a North American producer of manganese, an oft-overlooked metal critical to lithium-ion batteries. The company recently published a... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Workers in an underground nickel mine in Ontario, Canada.

Tesla buying low-carbon nickel from Vale

The rumors are true, Tesla Inc. will be buying nickel for the lithium-ion batteries powering its vehicles from Vale's Canada operations. "We are pleased to have the leading electric vehicle... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Bags of black mass that will be sent to a Li-Cycle hub facility for processing.

Glencore invests $200M into Li-Cycle

Lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. has entered into a strategic partnership with Glencore plc, with an initial investment of $200 million toward improving the electric... — Updated 7/12/2022

 

Alabama Graphite refinery on the way

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Congressman Mike Rogers joined other state and local government officials and business leaders during the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a $202 million processing... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Tesla lithium-ion battery and EV megafactory near Austin, Texas.

A DOE boost for Vidalia graphite plant

To support American production of graphite active anode material, the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Electra Battery Materials Ontario eco-park EV cobalt recycling refinery nickel

Electra Battery Materials Park on schedule

Electra Battery Materials Corp. is making headway on upgrades and expansions of North America's only battery-grade cobalt refinery, the centerpiece of an emerging eco-industrial park in Ontario... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
nickel London Metals Exchange Benchmark Mineral Intelligence LME Tsingshan

Shot across the bow for battery metals

Rising demand, tight supply, war, and a short squeeze on a China-based stainless steel titan came into perfect alignment to rocket the price of nickel to historic heights. The price for a pound... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Statevolt's proposed lithium-ion battery factory near California's Salton Sea.

SoCal EV battery gigafactory unveiled

Lars Carlstrom, who has already founded two companies building lithium-ion battery gigafactories in Europe, has launched a third enterprise that plans to build a 54-gigawatt-hour battery facility... — Updated 4/26/2022 Full story

 

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