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Chile's Atacama Desert, the source of a third of the world's lithium supply. Photo: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

A Looming New Supply Shortage Threatens the EV Industry’s Hopes for the 2020s

Photo: Chile's Atacama Desert, the source of a third of the world's lithium supply. Photo: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

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A New Supply Shortage That Threatens the EV Industry’s Hopes for the 2020s 

Automakers are rapidly escalating plans for a mid-decade rollout of mainstream-priced electric vehicles. But a substantial oversight threatens to sharply curtail their EV sales just as the new models reach the market.

While the companies have committed hundreds of billions of dollars to erect gigafactories in which they will build millions of batteries for their new EVs, none has said where they will obtain the scarce refined metals that will actually make their batteries work. They seem to be stumped.

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