By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

Automakers develop own supply lines

What the Ford Model T can teach us about a circular economy Metal Tech News – June 21, 2023


Last updated 6/20/2023 at 1:05pm

Piles of white lithium reflect off the water at mining operation in Argentina.

Kseniya Ragozina; Adobe Stock

Argentina's Salinas Grandes salt flats – a source of lithium carbonate in South America's "lithium triangle". Auto and battery makers are securing their own supply lines for this and other minerals critical to the electric vehicle revolution.

Back in 1908, when Ford Motor Company first started cranking out the Model T, the innovative automaker championed new materials, new engineering designs, and new manufacturing practices. More than a century later, automotive companies are emulating Henry Ford's strategy as they tackle the supply chain challenges of a similarly groundbreaking electric vehicle revolution.

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