Sophie Yeo from Carbon Brief reports on the recently released "Energy Technology Perspectives 2016" by IEA. To my surprise, China became the largest market for electric cars already in 2015! Report provides a lot of very interesting data and now you can put my own writing into perspective with more data coming in. The world is going electric, sales of EVs are rising exponentially from the very low base and lithium is the magic metal at the very heart of this Energy rEVolution.
"As you remember, I am expecting China to become the largest market for electric cars as well this year. We are talking a lot about Tesla, but should not miss the real story happening in China now. BYD has sold 80,000 electric cars (calculating sales of just two of its EVs), closing on Tesla with 120,000 EVs sold. Now 28 companies in China produce 21 models of Electric Cars. To secure the lithium supply is the state-level plan in China as the country builds the strategic industry of the New Energy based on Electric Cars, Energy Storage, Wind and Solar Power."
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"This chart of lithium price in China is keeping awake at night very many people now in our very small industry. Quite a lot of them have totally missed the launch of Lithium 2.0 and now security of supply is the major geopolitical issue. Tesla is still relying on Panasonic to supply lithium cells and a lot of people are relying on the "Lithium Found in Nevada" under Tesla's Gigafactory floor.
Ganfeng Lithium: $4.5 billion giant from China is the strategic partner of International Lithium and now financing two of our J/V operations in Ireland and in Argentina. We are going where Lithium is and not just the hype around it. As we have discussed before, Lithium 2.0 is now for real as we have the real electric cars finally on the road and GM Bolt and Tesla Model 3 bring us mass market for electric cars. Cheap lithium batteries change everything. Exponential growth in EVs sales is following by deployment of Energy Storage now.
This Lithium M&A is pointing out another very important quality of Lithium 2.0 Launch: separation of dreams from the real people with the real projects, capital and technology to put them forward. There are only very limited number of quality lithium projects and even less capable teams with access to the capital and technology, like in the case of International Lithium and Ganfeng. Read more."