GM isn’t time leaning on technical prowess to sell you on its EV battery technology — it’s hoping eco-friendliness( and moderation) will play a role, more. The automaker has struck a lot with Controlled Thermal Reserve to obtain more environmentally responsible lithium. The team-up will source lithium from California performed exploiting a process that generates lower CO2 emissions than the usual pit quarries or vapour pods.
CTR’s project, Hell’s Kitchen, will be implemented by a closed-loop system that extracts lithium immediately from geothermal brine. GM’s arrangement gives it “first rights” to lithium from the first stage of Hell’s Kitchen, plus an option for a multi-year partnership.
The approach should not only reduce the overall environmental footprint of GM’s EVs, but stick “low-cost” lithium that could lower prices.
The initial Hell’s Kitchen stage isn’t expected to produce lithium until 2024. However, GM finds this collaboration as important to its goal of dropping combustion engine vehicles by 2035. If the automaker can both improve the best interests of the its EVs and make a stronger case for their dark-green credentials, it might boost auctions and have an easier time transitioning away from gas and diesel.
Read more: engadget.com