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The EV race is turning a gold rush haven into a battery hub

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2022 Gold has long dominated the Western Australian city of Kalgoorlie, born in a late 19th Century prospecting rush and home to one of the world’s largest-open pit mines, nestled right next to residential streets. Blasts to dislodge precious-metal laced rock from the more than two-mile long Super Pit... 

Indonesia says Tesla strikes $5bn deal to buy nickel products – media

By: Reuters     8th August 2022 US carmaker Tesla has signed contracts worth about $5-billion to buy materials for their batteries from nickel processing companies in Indonesia, a senior cabinet minister told CNBC Indonesia. Southeast Asia's biggest economy has been trying to get Tesla to set up a production facility in the... 

Liontown confident on Kathleen Valley delivery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2022 Lithium developer Liontown Resources was confident that it could execute its Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia, within the set timeframe and within the new budget. The miner at the end of June took a final investment decision on the Kathleen Valley project, but flagged a cost... 

Race to secure battery metals heats up as GM, Ford ink deals

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2022 Undeterred by the slowing global economy, buyers of key components in the powering of electric vehicles are stepping up efforts to lock in supplies, with two of the world’s biggest automakers signing direct deals with producers of so-called battery metals. General Motors announced three deals... 

Brazil eases rule on lithium exports amid rising demand

By: Reuters     8th July 2022 Brazil relaxed rules on lithium exports in a bid to cement itself as a global supplier and tap into surging demand for the metal used in electric vehicle batteries. Mines and Energy Ministry Adolfo Sachsida on Thursday told Reuters the measure is expected to move lithium investments in Eastern... 

Automakers ramping up investments into upstream nickel, cobalt

By: Darren Parker     6th July 2022 Market research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says automakers are increasing their upstream investments and supply contracts to secure enough battery metals, such as lithium, cobalt and battery-grade nickel, to drive forward their respective electric... 

Liontown inks lithium deal with Ford after Tesla, LG agreements

By: Reuters     29th June 2022 Liontown Resources signed a lithium supply agreement with Ford Motor, the Australian miner's latest after similar deals earlier this year with Tesla and electric vehicle (EV) battery maker LG Energy. Liontown said on Wednesday it will supply Ford with 150,000 dry metric tonnes (DMT) of lithium... 

Carmaker Stellantis to take 8% stake in lithium supplier Vulcan

By: Reuters     24th June 2022 Vulcan Energy Resources said on Friday Dutch automaker Stellantis would buy an 8% stake for A$76-million, sending the lithium miner's shares more than 24% higher. Australia-headquartered Vulcan will issue about 8.5-million shares to Stellantis at A$6.622 a share, which represents a 32.4% premium... 

Liontown and Tesla make offtake official

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2022 Australia’s Liontown and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla have executed a full-form agreement for the supply of spodumene concentrate from the Kathleen Valley lithium project, in Western Australia. The full-form agreement expands the detail on the material terms agreed in the binding... 

Liontown and Tesla extend talk deadline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th May 2022 Lithium developer Liontown Resources has reached an agreement with electric vehicle (EV) major Tesla to extend the termination date for its binding offtake term sheet until June 6. The two companies in February inked an offtake term sheet under which Liontown would supply up to 150 000 t/y of... 

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