February 11, 2020 / 4:38 PM / 13 days ago

EXCLUSIVE-Germany's Volkswagen and Daimler push for more 'sustainable' Chile lithium

SANTIAGO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - German automakers Volkswagen and Daimler have launched a study to push for more “sustainable” lithium mining in Chile, according to lobbyist filings reviewed by Reuters, a sign of growing supply chain concerns ahead of an expected electric vehicle boom.

Chile’s Atacama salt flat is by far the biggest source of supply of the ultralight battery metal in South America’s so-called “lithium triangle.” The region, whose fragile ecosystem relies on a limited water supply, is home to the globe’s top two producers, U.S.-based Albemarle and Chile’s SQM.

Reporting by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Christian Plumb

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