How the rising cost of lithium affects the electric car landscape
Jan 26, 2022

How the rising cost of lithium affects the electric car landscape

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Also today: The Commerce Department says some U.S. manufacturers have less than a five-day supply of computer chips. We also examine the possibility of Russia cutting off its gas supply to Europe, and if the U.S. and others can pick up the slack.

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If Russia cuts off Europe's gas supply, the U.S. and allies pledge they'll shore up supplies

Jan 26, 2022
More than one-third of Europe's natural gas supplies come from Russia.
if Russia cut natural gas supplies to Europe, the U.S. and its allies would find it difficult to  immediately meet all of Europe’s needs.
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The price of lithium is way up. And right now, electric cars depend on it.

Jan 26, 2022
The metal is a key ingredient in the batteries that power all those electric cars.
The price of lithium, used in the batteries of electric vehicles, has increased by more than 40% in the past year.
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The team

Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Jay Siebold Technical Director
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Redmond Carolipio Digital Producer