A 21st century lithium rush

By Martim Facada
Published: Monday, 04 December 2017

Global electric vehicle production growth is stretching the supplies of battery materials needed to make them. Martim Facada looks at the impacts on lithium demand, prices and production

The rapid and unexpected boom in lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide demand at the end of 2015 caused a sharp rise in prices as well as prompting producers to start planning production increases and asset diversification to meet global lithium market demand. 

That rapid growth in demand is expected...