The world needs 2 billion electric vehicles to get to net zero. But is there enough lithium to make all the batteries?

Electric vehicle using a lithium battery being charged.

Global lithium supplies are under strain as demand for electric vehicles rises. Image: Unsplash/CHUTTERSNAP

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Sales of internal combustion vehicles in Europe, China and the US between 2015 and 2030.
Sales of petrol and diesel cars are expected to slide quickly in this decade. Image: Statista
Vehicle electrification or internal combustion engine ban targets.
Numerous countries are phasing out sales of new petrol and diesel cars. Image: IEA

Projection of worldwide lithium demand from 2019 to 2030.
Lithium demand could soon exceed supply. Image: Statista


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Global BEV & PHEV sales between 2012 and 2021.
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