That could stigmatize use of the supplies and reduce funding within the EV sector, foyer teams together with Eurobat, the International Lithium Association and Eurometaux stated in an open letter to politicians.
EVs play an important function in inexperienced efforts and automakers equivalent to Elon Musk’s Tesla have warned that hovering supplies costs and supply-chain bottlenecks threaten their rollout.
In the letter, the foyer teams raised issues concerning the scientific rationale for the classification, which might result in the chemical compounds being established as a “substance of very high concern” alongside severely carcinogenic and mutagenic toxins that the EU desires to regularly part out by proscribing utilization.
That might undermine separate efforts to spice up home manufacturing of lithium, which the fee designated as a essential uncooked materials in 2020. The proposals discuss with lithium carbonate, hydroxide and chloride.
“If the three lithium salts go down this path it could have significant unintended consequences in the EU, putting in question the long-term viability of lithium being produced, refined, used, and recycled” within the EU, International Lithium Association Secretary General Roland Chavasse stated by electronic mail.
Categorizing the chemical compounds as reproductive and developmental toxins might impose greater prices on patrons and crimp producers’ margins, hindering the rationale for additional funding within the trade, based on Francesco Gattiglio, director of exterior affairs for the EU at Albemarle.
The firm is the world’s high lithium miner and operates a lithium chemical compounds plant in Langelsheim, Germany.
“While the impact to our specialty customers is unclear at this point, we do not anticipate closure of our Langelsheim plant,” Gattiglio stated by electronic mail. “For sure, the classification would have a negative impact on the possibility to establish lithium conversion plants in Europe.”