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June 8, 2016

Electric Vehicles to Power Cobalt Revival

Publisher: Creamer Media's Mining Weekly

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Creamer Media - Wednesday, June 8, 2016
ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO POWER COBALT REVIVAL

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“Demand for cobalt in non-metallurgical (chemical) uses such as in batteries will grow at more than 7.5% a year to 2020,” said CRU senior consultant Edward Spencer.

LONDON — Cobalt prices may be on the threshold of a major revival due to flourishing demand for the mineral, a key component of lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars.

Prices for cobalt metal are expected to rise 45% to above $16 a lb by 2020 from $11 now as stricter emissions controls boost demand for electric vehicles and push the market into deficit from this year, analysts said.

Consultants CRU Group say electric car and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales could top 17-million in 2030, assuming an average growth rate of 25% a year from 2016 to 2030.

That compares with sales of 540 000 electric cars last year and 750 000 this year based on year-to-date sales.


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