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Electric Car Battery Bottlenecks Have a Way of Being Worked Out

The auto industry’s shift away from cobalt shows how meaningful market forces and ingenuity can be.

A worker helps operate a giant mining excavator at Glencore’s Mutanda Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A worker helps operate a giant mining excavator at Glencore’s Mutanda Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Supply of battery materials was a key part of the recently passed climate bill in the US, as the country looks to bring online more domestic refining and manufacturing in the coming decade.