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President Biden, along with U.S. automakers, is expected to make an announcement Aug. 5 about future electric, hydrogen-fuel and plug-in hybrid vehicle manufacturing and sales goals.
Ian Hosein is an associate professor of biomedical and chemical engineering with Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. His expertise includes next generation battery research beyond lithium-ion batteries. He is available for interviews.
Prof. Hosein says:
“This is an excellent move to help reduce carbon emissions. This is especially important for large cities to improve air quality.
“One concern is heavy dependence on foreign imports of the materials, such as lithium metal (which is sourced internationally), which in our current COVID19 crisis may place a strain on supply chains. Another concern is relying on foreign battery manufacture, which again raises in issue of imports and supply. Biden must emphasize domestic manufacture.
“Another concern with the increased prevalence of electric vehicles, there needs to be a push to use more abundant and sustainable materials. Lithium supply is very limited and takes years to explore and extract. Next-generation batteries beyond Li (sodium, aluminum, calcium) are critical, for which U.S. research support and innovation is key.”
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