Rare Earth Mining News

GM unplugs the Volt, but EVs aren’t dead: Liam Denning

Farewell Chevy Volt, we hardly knew ye.

Appia drills high grade TREO at Alces Lake

The property, east of Uranium City, returned 10.02% TREO by weight over 3.55 metres.

Innord to separate rare earths from hybrid and electric vehicle recycling pilot study

Participating in this study opens the door for a potential new supply source through recycling electric motors from the transportation industry in the future.

Chile is taking Albemarle to International Court over lithium prices

The country's state development agency says Albemarle has failed to provide as much as 25% of its annual production at a discount to companies seeking to produce battery metals within Chile, as stipulated in a contract signed in 2016.

Aecon sells contract mining business to North American Construction Group for C$199m

The closing is effective November 23, 2018. 

Mineral Resources signs $1.1B lithium deal with Albemarle

Mineral Resources shares spiked on the news, closing Thursday 26.6% higher at A$15.76.

Silicon eyed as way to boost electric car battery potential

About 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold globally in 2016, a figure that is expected to jump sevenfold by 2022 - U.S. Energy Information Administration

Global oil demand under growing threat from electric cars, cleaner fuel

Analysis shows oil consumption growing in coming decades, due to rising petrochemicals, trucking and aviation demand but meeting this growth in the near term means that approvals of conventional oil projects need to double.

Mali to produce lithium by 2020 with 694,000 tonnes discovered

Mali joins lithium fray

Volkswagen to spend $50 billion on electric car 'offensive'

German automaker is also considering involvement in battery production.

China plumbs ocean depths to extend its cobalt lead

China, the leading holder of international deep sea exploration licences, increases its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery minerals by taking samples from cobalt-bearing mountains deep in the Pacific.

VW to convert three German plants to build electric cars

Emden, Hanover and Zwickau will form the largest network for the production of electric vehicles in Europe.

Global cobalt glut won't be stemmed by Glencore Congo output stoppage

Disruptions to cobalt supplies in the DRC are not expected to eradicate a glut of the material used to make batteries for electric vehicles, thwarting hopes that prices can be boosted from their lowest since March last year.

Chilean regulators reject Albemarle's plans to boost lithium output

The applicant does not present the details necessary to rule out significant adverse impacts on the soil, water and air.

Congo opposition reneging on unity boosts Kabila protege

Kabila’s anointed successor in power would raise the risk of instability in a key supplier of the metals used in electric vehicles and mobile phones.

Waymo said to launch first driverless car service in December

Pricing may become more nuanced as Waymo collects more data from the commercial program, once it figures out how to charge for in-ride entertainment and advertising, analysts expect base fares to drop.

Caterpillar steps up game to keep leadership in North America

In the past two years, Cat  has  been  working  on  growing  its  offering,  particularly  in  the  underground  segment,  as  well  as  filling  up  some  gaps  in  terms  of  trucks  sizes.

First Vanadium moves Carlin toward updated resource

In the last year, vanadium has out-performed all other metals, it’s just kind of the right time and right place for the right project.

Australia lithium miner Altura says it has signed offtake deal with China's Ganfeng

The deal will see Altura supply Ganfeng with 8,000 tonnes of 6-percent spodumene concentrate this year and a minimum of 70,000 tonnes per year from 2019 to 2021.

Stung by Asian dominance, Germany pours cash into EV battery ventures

Germany has earmarked 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to support a consortium looking to produce electric car battery cells and plans to fund a research facility to develop next-generation solid-state batteries.

China October rare earth exports slump to 3-year low

The world's largest producer of rare earth minerals shipped 3,100 tonnes last month, versus 4,950 tonnes in September.

Albemarle profit rise beats forecasts on lithium price hikes

Lithium sales rose less than 1% as production slipped due to unexpected shut downs at three of our lithium manufacturing sites - Albemarle

A beautiful mine

While lithium giants like SQM and Albemarle tangle with one another over scarce lithium brines and water, a beautiful lithium mine in Nevada’s Clayton Valley is taking shape.

Glencore's radioactive news may help give cobalt its buzz back

Glencore Plc’s sudden discovery that some of its cobalt is radioactive couldn’t have come at a better time.

Albemarle's claim to unique lithium technology draws scrutiny

Albemarle says it expects to ultimately receive approval to produce more lithium from Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN).