China's Rare Earth Policy Spurs Industry Apprehension

At current demand levels, Chinese resources of lanthanides should last almost 30 years.

Published: 25-Apr-2010

China's tight hold on the world's usable supply of so-called rare-earth elements is fueling one of the bigger challenges for the fledgling green car industry.

Carmakers are seeking new supplies outside China and testing making autos without rare earths.

Rare-earth elements are widely used, but hybrid and electric vehicles need more of these metals than most any other product.


Jolt Transformer version of Chevy Volt range extended electric vehicle

Compact Power will deliver 400 completed battery packs in 2009.

Fisker will begin deliveries of Karma plug-in hybrid late 2009

The company also announced it will supply batteries to FIsker for its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan.

Artist's rendering of proposed EnerDel battery production campus in Indianapolis.

Site Selection Executive Editor Jack Lynne's in-depth look at advanced automotive battery manufacturing in America.


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