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BULLETIN: #LME considers starting #lithium contract to tap electric car boom #Tesla $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:51 PM on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

  • London Metal Exchange is considering introducing a contract for lithium
  • In heavy demand because of its use in electric cars, as the 140-year old company tries to reverse a fall in volumes.

The exchange, which sets the global price for metals such as copper, aluminium and nickel, has been looking at the feasibility of trading the metal, which is extracted in South America and Australia and mostly sold in a white powder to battery makers. “Lithium is the buzzword within the LME,” one source familiar with the discussions said. Demand for lithium, the world’s lightest metal, is set to soar fourfold by 2025 as ownership of electric cars increases and more batteries are used to store power from renewable energy such as wind and solar, according to consultancy Roskill.

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