Black workers are paying the price in the rush to mine cobalt

Jun 13, 2024
Black labor unions in the U.S. are building solidarity with exploited DRC miners, says reporter Adam Mahoney of Capital B.
Dela wa Monga, an artisanal miner, holds a cobalt stone at a mine in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo in 2022.
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How Georgia is training workers to make EVs at Hyundai's massive Metaplant

Jun 12, 2024
The partnership between the state and the company, which includes tax incentives, could result in the production of 300,000 cars a year.
Construction of Hyundai's Metaplant, which is expected to employ 8,500 workers, underway in October 2023.
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U.S. and Europe chafe over "overcapacity" — but is it real?

May 6, 2024
Is the problem unfair industry subsidies, or is China just better at making electric vehicles?
The U.S. and Europe say China is flooding countries with leftover electric cars, like the ones made by BYD, above.
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Tesla laid off almost everyone that built its EV charging network

May 2, 2024
That network is in the process of opening to other car companies, so what does this move mean for drivers — and the industry?
The team behind Tesla's charging network was slashed, even after multiple carmakers announced deals with Tesla to adopt its charging system.
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What to expect from Tesla ahead of quarterly results

Apr 23, 2024
The company reports after the bell on Tuesday.
Tesla once dominated the now-crowded EV market.
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Tesla cuts more than 10% of global workforce as challenges mount

Apr 15, 2024
The electric vehicle maker faces softening demand and intense competition on prices, and earlier price cuts have not sufficiently jolted sales.
Tesla’s deliveries dropped by 8.5% in the first quarter, making it the first decline in four years.
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The key to growing EV adoption is cars with lower sticker prices. They may be on their way.

Mar 22, 2024
A Chinese automaker has announced a model for less than $10,000. And Ford says it's committed to a $25,000 electric.
“The problem with the market at the moment is that there’s a void of vehicles priced below $35,000. And there are plenty of buyers who want them,” says Sam Fiorani with AutoForecast Solutions.
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More mining is needed for the energy transition. It's also a threat.

In his book "The War Below," Ernest Scheyder explores the tension between intrusive mining and powering our energy transition.
"Are there some places too special to mine? And if we decide to have mining, what are the standards by which we would allow mining in those places?" asks writer Ernest Scheyder.
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The Biden administration is worried about Chinese cars — and the electronics that come with them

Feb 29, 2024
The administration says the electronics could transmit sensitive information about U.S citizens and infrastructure. But it's also worried about the impact of Chinese EVs on U.S. automakers.
BYD electric cars waiting to be loaded onto a cargo ship in China's Shandog province. The U.S. currently imposes a 27.5% tariff on Chinese-made vehicles.
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As the U.S. courts EV battery manufacturers, Canada follows suit

Dec 19, 2023
Canada's federal government teamed up with Quebec's provincial government to offer a Swedish company $2 billion in subsidies.
Swedish company Northvolt plans to build a massive battery plant outside Montreal, Quebec, seen here in a digital rendering.
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