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.

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