TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Two of North America's biggest battery makers are looking to source more of their hard-to-find metals and materials locally as they tool up to deliver on the Biden administration's goal of making half of U.S. auto sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
Canada also wants 100 per cent of all new light-duty vehicles sold to be ZEVs by 2035.
General Motors and Panasonic Energy say getting there will result in new approaches to how their products are made and where critical materials come from.
"We want to near-source the supply chain and make sure we have access to all those minerals and rare-earths so we can put them right into our supply chain," Jonathan Weinberger, GM's chief advocate for global transportation technology policy, said Tuesday after a presentation at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars here.
This year, GM and Posco Chemical announced a $500 million plant in Quebec that will supply cathode active material for GM's Ultium batteries, the automaker's newest multivehicle battery platform. Weinberger said the plant will deliver about 40 per cent of the makeup of GM's batteries.