South America steps up efforts to turn lithium into batteries


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The so-called lithium triangle of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia accounts for more than half of global lithium resources, and both Brazil and Argentina have auto-making experience. That could be the basis of a regional electro-mobility platform, she said. So far, South America has seen limited success moving into higher-value lithium products – let alone making batteries or EVs on a commercial scale. But political will, technological shifts, and geopolitical tensions may aid their push. The Ukraine war and concerns over China’s dominance of key parts of the supply chain are accelerating the splintering of traditional trade ties and spurring efforts...