29 Dec '11, 8am

#TM Threat of Rare Earths Shortages to Hybrids and EVs Remains Unclear: But the importance of minerals like ... #EV

But the importance of minerals like neodymium and lanthanum to producing hybrid and electric vehicles is complicated and often overstated . Tesla's electric vehicles are virtually rare-earth-free, and Toyota is developing motors for its hybrids that eschew the minerals in favor of inductive magnetism. It possible to produce hybrid and electric vehicles without rare earths, but since many major automakers like Toyota have longstanding contracts with spelling out fixed prices for the minerals, it simply hasn't been necessary yet.

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