4th Nov 2022

The cost of energy – the human, environmental, political, and economic cost – has never been more in the spotlight. As a result, people across the world have been looking for ways to redefine their relationship with energy.


From heat pumps and solar panels to the divestment of natural gas and oil assets, and from a national policy level to the individual consumer level, people are making choices for the future of clean, green energy.


Some experts believe EVs should exceed 50% of total automotive sales in the largest markets—like the US—by 2030. But batteries used in electric vehicles and other heavy machinery are complex and involve numerous materials sourced from disparate regions of the globe—from cobalt and copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo to lithium and iron in Australia. The battery value chain is still relatively opaque

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Britishvolt is here to tell you that they're not going anywhere.


Recent media speculation around the viability of the company has been a little tough, but they have some exciting news: Britishvolt is continuing to explore both short- and long-term funding streams that will enable them to deliver on their plans to build a thriving localised, sustainable battery ecosystem based on next-generation cell technology.


They have now secured the necessary near-term investment that they believe enables them to bridge over the coming weeks to a more secure funding position for the future. 


The VinES and Li-Cycle partnership is a global recycling solution for Vingroup’s electric vehicle manufacturer, VinFast. The new partnership is expected to support VinFast in their creation of a closed-loop battery supply chain to enhance their environmental goals and contribute to the global electrified revolution with green mobility solutions.

It will also establish mutually beneficial global connections with all parties and strengthen Li-Cycle’s broad and diverse relationships with leading battery and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers.

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The metals that power global tech are stuck in a 30-mile traffic jam.


The journey from the mines of Congo and Zambia to the ports is so riddled with bottlenecks and jams that it can take more than a month for a truckload of copper to get out.


Young men weave through the 30-mile queue pushing crudely built bicycles stacked with soft drinks, snacks and charcoal. At night, Chanda Kulungika sleeps in the cabin of his truck with one eye open, periodically flashing his hazard lights to check for lurking thieves who might steal his fuel or the valuable minerals he’s transporting.


But it is as important as any wind farm or electric-vehicle plant: Africa supplies two-thirds of the world’s cobalt, and it accounted for more than 80% of global copper output growth over the past three years.

China has been a leader in the transition to electric vehicles. The country is the largest market for commercial vehicles globally, and its adoption of EVs in that segment has been accelerating rapidly.


Sales of light commercial vehicles reached a record high of almost 18,000 in August, and they are likely to keep rising in the final few months of 2022. This share is already higher than in any other market, including South Korea, which has more than 20% of its light commercial vehicle sales already electric so far this year.


This momentum on the passenger vehicle side has continued on the light commercial side: plug-in vehicles hit 29% of all sales in September, with full electrics at 22%.

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