Please join the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center on Thursday, April 15, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT for a workshop on the electrification of the US automotive industry, the resulting demand for critical minerals, and how industry and government can ensure secure and resilient mineral supplies.
A core component of the Biden-Harris administration’s ambitious climate and decarbonization goals is the expeditious transformation of the US automotive sector. Already, the administration has called for the electrification of the entire federal vehicle fleet, requiring nearly 650,000 vehicles worth of new EVs to be deployed over the next several years, joining a chorus of ambitious EV deployment goals from across the US auto industry. And in its recently released American Jobs Plan, the Biden-Harris administration intends to allocate funds to install 500,000 charging stations around the country by 2030 in homes and on the road.
The heights of this ambition will require an unprecedented transformation of not just the automotive industry, but the minerals and material supply chains necessary to scale electric vehicle deployment, lithium-ion battery production, and charging infrastructure installation across the country. Cobalt and lithium are often referenced as the core minerals inherent to the electrification of transport, but copper, nickel, and rare earth elements (REE’s) are also critical to a robust electric vehicle ecosystem.
This private workshop will explore the mineral needs of a rapidly electrifying transportation sector in the United States, and begin a discussion about where policies related to mineral supply chains can best support electric vehicle deployment goals. This first workshop will kick off a body of work from the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on the role of mineral supply chains in US electric vehicle deployment goals.
To join the conversation and receive Zoom access details, please register below. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] and [email protected]
A conversation with
Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon
Senior Research Associate, Payne Institute of Public Policy
Colorado School of Mines
Head of Strategic Advisory
Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
Manager, Energy, Environment, and Electrification Policy
*Additional Speakers to be Confirmed*
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