Hydrogen fuel cells could improve lithium demand for zero emission vehicles, says APC

A forecast from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) has suggested that shifting some battery electric vehicle (BEV) production to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and range extender vehicles could ensure lithium demand for batteries remains sustainable.

The latest APC Quarterly Demand Forecast has raised questions over the future supply of lithium to produce batteries for BEVs, with its figures ‘reinforcing’ prior indications that only 60% of expected demand in 2030 would be met if only the most likely lithium projects are operational by the end of the decade.

APC has suggested that shifting some BEV production to FCEVs and hydrogen range extender vehicles is a pathway that could be explored to ensure automotive lithium demand remains sustainable.

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