Can the electric revolution thrive without cobalt?

Cobalt has had its share of negative press, but the Cobalt Institute continues to champion the responsible use of this important battery material. By Megan Lampinen

Cobalt is a pivotal component in today’s lithium-ion batteries, and plays a key role in electric vehicle (EV) range, safety and performance. The material is a by-product of either nickel or copper mining. Globally there is just one pure cobalt mine, which is based in Morocco and run by a company called CTT. The lion’s share of the world’s cobalt—about 75%—comes out of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically the Copper Belt in the southern part of the country.

Special report: Electric vehicle battery materials

While incredibly useful in EV batteries, cobalt has attracted negative attention in recent years due to links with worker exploitation in Congolese mines. Some EV makers are keen to move away from the material, but would that be a mistake?

It’s time to log in (or subscribe).

Not a member? Subscribe now and let us help you understand the future of mobility.

Monthly Online Magazine
£195
1 user
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Access to Automotive World Magazine, our must-read monthly online publication
Mag + Articles + Special Reports
£495
1 user
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Access to Automotive World Magazine plus all articles and more than 40 special reports per year
All Content
Single-User License
£1,950
1 user
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Free tickets to Automotive World events
Unlimited online access to all content, including Automotive World magazine, articles, special reports, data and research
All Content
Team License
£3,950
Up to 5 users
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Free tickets to Automotive World events
Unlimited online access to all content, including Automotive World magazine, articles, special reports, data and research
All Content
Company-Wide License

Contact us for pricing

Unlimited users
12-month subscription
Free tickets to Automotive World events
Unlimited online access to all content, including Automotive World magazine, articles, special reports, data and research

Welcome back , to continue browsing the site, please click here