conflict minerals

  • Prototype production of battery modules for BMW Group’s fifth-generation electric powertrain

    As automakers develop more efficient electric motors, EVs pulling electrons from dirtier, coal-powered grids are as clean or cleaner than even the most efficient fossil-fueled cars when it comes to equivalent tailpipe emissions. But electric vehicles still have a supply-chain problem. A partnership between some of the world's largest automakers is looking to fix it. DON'T MISS: BMW battery-sourcing ethics highlight cobalt-mining issue for electric cars On Wednesday, the Drive Sustainability partnership announced it would establish a "Raw Materials Observatory" to address and rectify "ethical...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Bill Ford Jr.
    Ford: Era Of EVs Calls For Closer Eye On Conflict Minerals

    Increasingly, in production electric vehicles such as the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2011 Nissan Leaf, automakers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials. But the rest of a modern car—even an ol' fossil-fuel burner—is no longer just sheetmetal, alloy, and plastics; extruded...

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