VW seals 10-year lithium deal for electric cars

The heart of the matter: batteries
The heart of the matter: batteries

German car behemoth Volkswagen said Friday it had secured 10 years' worth of lithium for electric car batteries from Chinese manufacturer Ganfeng, ensuring supply of a key ingredient for the vital components.

The two firms "signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on long-term supplies for ," VW said in a statement, although it did not reveal the financial terms of the deal.

"Volkswagen is thus already securing a significant share of its lithium requirement," the Wolfsburg-based group added.

With harsh EU emissions limits set to bite from next year and toughen further by 2030, the sprawling 12-brand company plans some 70 new electric models by 2028.

As it emerges from the shadow of its painful "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, VW aims to sell around 22 million over the coming decade to escape fines from Brussels.

But the new electric offensive is pushing the limits of battery production.

World demand for lithium is constantly growing as car companies join makers of smartphones and other electronic gadgets in clamouring for supply of the element.

Each smartphone battery contain three grammes of lithium, a laptop around 30 grammes and an electric car more than 20 kilogrammes.

© 2019 AFP

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