Category Archives: EV

Graphite demand from lithium ion batteries to more than treble in 4 years

Demand for graphite (carbon) used as anode material in lithium ion batteries is set to increase by over 200% in the next four years as global cell production surges on the back of maturing pure electric vehicle demand and the inception of the utility storage market. New data from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence forecasts the anode … Continue reading Graphite demand from lithium ion batteries to more than treble in 4 years

Faraday’s Future begins with $1bn EV plant in Nevada

Tesla Motors’ mysterious rival to come out of the shadows in 2016, but what does this mean for lithium-ion batteries at a time when the Gigafactory is set for launch // 31 December 2015 // This article is taken from Benchmark Magazine, a quarertly publication as part of a Benchmark Membership. To subscribe contact info@benchmarkminerals.com  ——— … Continue reading Faraday’s Future begins with $1bn EV plant in Nevada

VW’s redemption lies in electric cars & flat battery packs

Eye of the storm: VW may pin hopes on electric vehicles and new battery pack design to revitalise embattled brand /// By Simon Rees in Toronto /// Ships threatened by storms are positioned to face the wind as the captain down to the lowliest rating brace themselves for impact. The storm created by Volkswagen’s (VW) … Continue reading VW’s redemption lies in electric cars & flat battery packs

Goldman Sachs: Wind & solar the “new shale gas”

Leading investment bank publishes The Low Carbon Economy // Benchmark advises on the lithium and battery supply chains // Solar and wind “the new shale gas” // Albemarle and Tesla identified as investment targets // ——————————— Goldman Sachs has declared wind and solar power industries the “new shale gas” in its first ever published opinion on … Continue reading Goldman Sachs: Wind & solar the “new shale gas”

Tesla’s Elon Musk: More Gigafactory lithium deals to come, potentially Nevada

Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk has admitted the company is pursuing lithium deals in Nevada. Tesla is looking to add to the conditional deal it struck with Bacanora Minerals / Rare Earth Minerals and Musk was forced to admit last night on Twitter that Nevada projects are being considered. Last week’s lithium supply deal with … Continue reading Tesla’s Elon Musk: More Gigafactory lithium deals to come, potentially Nevada

Tesla Powerwall priced for impact not profit

In Q2 2015, Tesla Motors made its foray into home energy storage in a move which saw it evolve from a high-end electric vehicle manufacturer. The most surprising detail about the launch of the Powerwall, a lithium-ion battery that can power your home, was the price. The starting price of $3,000 for a 7kWh Powerwall or $3,500 … Continue reading Tesla Powerwall priced for impact not profit

Benchmark World Tour dates announced

Dissecting the battery revolution: Free, global seminars focusing on battery raw materials, supply chain challenges and opportunities > SPONSOR & SPEAK > DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE  Dates* London  10 September 2015 (click to attend) New York  17 September 2015 (click to attend) Toronto   24 September 2015 (click to attend) Vancouver  1 October 2015 (click to attend) Hong Kong  8 … Continue reading Benchmark World Tour dates announced

Benchmark #2 launched: Europe’s conflict crackdown

Download our Q2 magazine which analyses the crackdown on conflict minerals in Europe, the fragile structure of these markets and the logistics involved in transporting them around the world With Europe set to follow in US footsteps with the introduction of conflict mineral legislation, the sustainability of critical mineral markets is set to come under renewed … Continue reading Benchmark #2 launched: Europe’s conflict crackdown

Fall in battery costs exceed expectation

Lithium-ion battery manufacturing costs are five years ahead of levels expected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) back in 2011. An article by Bloomberg View has outlined how the cost of producing batteries that can be made into packs and used in electric vehicles (EV) has fallen much quicker than the IEA anticipated. As published … Continue reading Fall in battery costs exceed expectation