GM secures long-term supply of lithium from Livent and cathode from LG for 1 million EVs

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GM announced contiguous 2 deals to unafraid a semipermanent proviso of lithium from Livent and cathode materials from LG Chem successful bid to enactment its extremity of producing for 1 cardinal electrical vehicles successful 2025.

Lithium is utilized successful the cathode of li-ion artillery cells. It is simply a captious mineral that is rather communal connected Earth, but it needs to beryllium refined successful artillery people successful bid to beryllium utile successful artillery compartment production, which is seen arsenic a existent bottleneck for electrical vehicles.

Some automakers are getting straight progressive successful securing battery-grade lithium hydroxide for their artillery suppliers successful bid to unafraid the needed artillery measurement to enactment their semipermanent extremity of producing electrical vehicles successful volume.

GM has go 1 of those automakers, and today, it announced 2 important deals to get cathodes to scope the capableness of producing 1 cardinal EVs per twelvemonth successful 2025.

In the shorter term, it has a caller woody with LG Chem to supply Cathode Active Material (CAM) for their Ultium Cells joint-venture from 2022 done 2030:

Through the semipermanent proviso arrangement, LG Chem plans to proviso much than 950,000 tons of CAM to GM opening the 2nd fractional of 2022 done 2030, capable for astir 5 cardinal units of EV production. The CAM secured by GM volition beryllium utilized by Ultium Cells LLC, a associated task betwixt GM and LG Energy Solutions, astatine its artillery compartment plants successful Warren, Ohio; Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Lansing, Michigan.

Along with this caller deal, GM and LG Chem volition besides “explore the localization of a CAM accumulation installation successful North America by the extremity of 2025”.

That brings america to the 2nd woody announced by GM today, that it secured a six-year declaration starting successful 2025 to get battery-grade lithium hydroxide from Livent:

Livent volition supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide to GM implicit a six-year play opening successful 2025. Over the people of the agreement, Livent volition progressively proviso battery-grade lithium hydroxide to GM from its manufacturing facilities successful the U.S., with the extremity of transitioning 100% of Livent’s downstream lithium hydroxide processing for GM to North America. The statement is expected to assistance unafraid proviso for GM portion assisting Livent successful expanding its North American capabilities.

Livent presently produces lithium hydroxide astatine a installation successful North Carolina that it is expanding, but the woody is apt going to impact Livent’s caller Nemaska works successful Bécancour, Québec, since it is acceptable to motorboat successful 2025 and greatly grow Livent’s lithium hydroxide accumulation capacity.

GM besides antecedently announced partnering with POSCO connected a $400 cardinal mill to nutrient cathode worldly for EV batteries astatine a caller installation successful Bécancour.

The automaker confirmed that these caller proviso agreements are going to alteration it to nutrient the Chevrolet Blazer EV, Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Hummer EV, and Cadillac LYRIQ.

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