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Climate Change

Nissan on path to cobalt-free EV batteries by mid-2020s

Automaker looks to remove traditional material as prices soar

Nissan says it will reduce cobalt's composition ratio to about 10% for an Ariya electric vehicle to be introduced later this year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor intends to start using cobalt-free EV batteries by the mid-2020s, Nikkei has learned, as the rare metal element falls into short supply and concern rises about further price increases now that global demand for electric vehicles is swelling.

The Japanese automaker wants to reduce the cost of electric vehicles, without affecting the range of these cars on a single charge. 

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