09 Nov '17, 12pm

BMW battery-sourcing ethics highlight cobalt-mining issue for electric cars

2018 BMW i3, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Enlarge Photo Electric cars provide a zero-emission driving experience, but one of the most important raw materials for their batteries—cobalt—has a supply chain that needs some work. About half of the world's cobalt supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country with high rates of child labor under very poor working conditions. Now BMW wants to help overcome the social and environmental issues surrounding that raw material. DON'T MISS: Tesla Gigafactory Seeks North American Raw Materials To Cut Pollution In 2014, UNICEF estimated some 40,000 children work in the country's mines, with many focused on cobalt itself. BMW said it will provide greater transparency into its battery-cell supply chain, with the goal of improving working conditions in the DRC. It said it will also release information on its smelters and t...

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