The Electric Car Battery: Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Abstract The supply chain of the electric car battery is faced with serious sustainability challenges. This is the conclusion of the SOMO report “The electric car battery; sustainability in the supply chain”. The expected profits from lithium, one of the basic materials for the electric car battery, already create social tensions in Bolivia, while worker’s rights are violated at battery manufacturing plants in China. These issues need to be taken into account when companies and politicians discuss the costs and benefits of the electric car.
Author SOMO Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, Tim Steinweg, March 2011
6 Renewable Energy, 6.8 Other, Renewable Energy Relevant