As is known, the democratic American government starts the country in full force on the path of electrification. Details of this are still being worked out, such as where to get enough batteries in the US to cycle domestic production.
Understandably, China adoption is less likely – the US’s biggest competitor is China, and while the two countries depend on each other to some extent economically, it’s clear that the US’s electrical transition is not dependent on Chinese companies.
The large-scale plans – which will produce almost only electric cars in the country after 2030, and from 2040 onwards only new electric cars – will also require a lot of raw materials.
An eco-friendly solution
Since the core of electric cornering is environmentally friendly transportation, opening and reopening American mines is not really an available alternative. However, lithium, cobalt and other raw materials will be needed to make the battery.
Reuters writes, citing government sources, that the Biden administration will roll out a battery recycling program: They see huge potential for this solution in the country, and they want to capitalize on it.
research and development
According to the leaked draft, the United States will also spend a significant amount on research and development in the context of electric mobility. The main objective is to research methods that can be used to extract valuable batteries from used batteries efficiently and at a relatively low cost.
Interestingly, by 2040, only eight million tons of waste will be generated from batteries in the US alone by 2040 without recycling, which obviously wouldn’t be good for the environment.