Battery metals squeeze

Surging demand for metals used in electric vehicles batteries is disrupting the mining industry, pushing up prices for cobalt, copper, nickel, lithium, graphite and rare earths.

  • Tight battery metals supplies and price pressures could slow EV boom
  • Copper, nickel, cobalt, rare earths and graphite prices rose significantly in 2017
  • Automakers and miners warn of deficits of cobalt and nickel from 2019
  • Lithium may move into surplus from early 2020s following a flurry of new mine investments since 2015
  • Battery recycling to become major new growth area

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