LORD COPPER: Metals jolted by EV batteries but will spark fade for some?

The anticipated growth of the electric vehicles market should provide a boost – some of which we are perhaps already seeing – to metals prices after a pretty flat period.

And it all looks so simple. Copper, nickel, cobalt, aluminium and lithium look set to benefit: copper because an electric vehicle uses around twice the weight of copper as a conventional one and a charging network has to be created, which will be heavily dependent on the metal; nickel and cobalt as the anode and cathode in the battery; aluminium for lightening the body; and lithium as the most effective performing electrolyte. Get long of those metals, and away you go. A couple of question marks are appearing, though, which make the picture just a little less clear. The case for copper seems straightforward – its superior electrical conductivity means that it is highly unlikely to be displaced as long as electric motors are the main motive power. When it comes to the battery constituents,...

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Lord Copper

September 04, 2017

14:37 GMT

London