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Electric Cars Will Cost More Using Ethically Sourced Batteries

  • Scientists advising European Commission issue report on Congo
  • Findings could fuel higher price for responsibly-sourced metal
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How a New Generation of Batteries Will Change the World
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The European Union’s efforts to ethically source a key battery metal face headwinds that could make it more expensive for automakers to go electric.

Cobalt is the battery metal at the highest risk of being exploited in ways that damage the health of people and the environment. Most of the world’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, with as much as a third of that supplied by small-scale miners who often work in dangerous conditions. Regulators have begun developing rules designed to help industry avoid damaging its reputation.