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U.S. to spend more than $3 billion on EV battery manufacturing -White House

Commodities May 02, 2022 09:05PM ET
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By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration will allocate more than $3 billion in infrastructure funding to finance electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The funds will be allocated by the Department of Energy from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed last year. Among the initiatives will be processing of minerals for use in large-capacity batteries and recycling those batteries, the agency said in a statement.

Biden wants half of vehicles sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030, a goal he hopes will boost unionized manufacturing jobs in key election battleground states, thwart Chinese competition in a fast-growing market, and reduce climate-changing carbon emissions.

The administration is also positioning the measures as a step to secure energy independence and cut long-term inflation pressures exacerbated by Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

"As we face this Putin price hike on oil and gas, it's also important to note that electric vehicles will be cheaper over the long-haul for American families," Mitch Landrieu, the White House infrastructure coordinator, told reporters in a briefing, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) Co welcomed the announcement.

“This investment will strengthen our domestic battery supply chain, create jobs, and help U.S. manufacturers compete on the global stage,” Steven Croley, Ford's general counsel, said in a statement. "We have a moment of opportunity to own this technology here in the U.S., and investments like the one announced today will help us get there.”

The latest funding will help establish and retrofit battery factories. The infrastructure law also allocated billions more for the government to purchase electric buses and install EV chargers. The administration has been collaborating with manufacturers, including Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk, General Motors (NYSE:GM) CEO Mary Barra and Ford CEO Jim Farley.

But the funds will not go toward developing new domestic mines to produce the lithium, nickel, cobalt and other high-demand minerals needed to make those batteries. Some of those projects face local opposition and are tied up in Biden administration environmental and legal reviews.

"These resources are about battery supply chain, which includes producing, recycling critical minerals without new extraction or mining," said Gina McCarthy, Biden's national climate adviser. "So that's why we're all pretty excited about this."

In March, Biden invoked the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to support the production and processing of those minerals. He requested funding to support that initiative last week as part of a $33 billion package on Ukraine-related initiatives.

U.S. to spend more than $3 billion on EV battery manufacturing -White House
 

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Huan Chong
Huan Chong May 02, 2022 9:31PM ET
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$3b is probably about the right amount to support GM & F
Vincent Wong
Vincent Wong May 02, 2022 9:04PM ET
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3 billion only? that's like lesser than what Elon sold last week hahahaha
Shawn Scientifica
Shawn Scientifica May 02, 2022 4:33PM ET
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Good idea, although we get most of our oil from Canada the destabilization from Russians long term removal will result in higher demands on a smaller supply from Europe. We need to completely ditch Fossil fuel. The uneducated will realize this in time as their slow brains catch up, no time to explain to them
Joey Takach
Joey Takach May 02, 2022 4:33PM ET
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There is Absolutely no way our electric grid can’t handle all that charging those EV batteries. We couldn’t even handle 25% of it but you probably knew that already you being so smart knowing everything with your sarcastic comment
Ludo Huibers
Ludo Huibers May 02, 2022 4:09PM ET
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🤐🤔
Pushkar Kothari
Pushkar Kothari May 02, 2022 2:27PM ET
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on EV bubble should be mentioned , what all mining is done for it is nothing short of crime
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a crime for mining to better world from CO2 pollution??
 
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