GM moves to secure critical U.S.-sourced lithium for electric vehicles


A couple walks toward the shore of the Salton Sea in Southern California. The shallow saline lake was formed accidentlaly in 1905 following the rupture of canal diverting water from the Colorado River to the agricultural area of California’s Imperial Valley.

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General Motors is moving to secure U.S.-sourced lithium, a metal crucial to electric vehicle batteries, through a strategic investment and partnership with a company called Controlled Thermal Resources.

GM announced the deal Friday as a way to accelerate the adoption of lithium extraction methods that cause less impact to the environment and increase domestic supply of the metal. Both are…


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