Electric cars: the race to replace cobalt. Carmakers want new batteries that are not dependent on metals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Without a major shift in battery technology, cobalt demand is set to more than double over the next decade – with the share from the DRC set to rise to over 70 per cent. Gleb Yushin, a professor at the School of Materials and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, puts it more bluntly: the rollout of electric cars will stall within a decade, he says, unless there is a battery breakthrough.
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