Batteries

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

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

Ian Shine

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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.
EV sales rose by 108% in 2021. Image: EVvolumes.com

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