Impacts from Mining Lithium, Cobalt, and Other Materials for Electric Car Batteries

Zero Emission Vehicles Climate Nexus

Global demand for lithium, cobalt, nickel, and the other components of electric car and truck batteries is expected to skyrocket as more countries and automakers commit to making all new cars electric. As this demand grows, so does our responsibility to minimize the local environmental, equity, and human rights impacts from mining the materials needed for these batteries. Rising battery demand is also spurring initiatives to improve how they are made, how much they can be recycled, and how long they will last. Combined, these innovations could create a nearly circular and responsibly-sourced battery economy that can meet the accelerating shift to electric transportation.

The increasing shift to clean energy and electric cars and trucks is spurring major investments in supply chains for materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel.

The electric vehicle (EV) industry must address supply chain challenges and should be held to a high standard amid ongoing equity, human rights, and environmental issues for frontline communities.

New technologies, extraction techniques, and recycling capabilities are reducing the need for raw material for battery production and producing more sustainable batteries.

Send this to a friend