25 Apr '13, 7pm

Massive deposit of lithium found in Wyoming could meet all U.S. demand

Massive deposit of lithium found in Wyoming could meet all U.S. demand

Currently, the U.S. imports more than 80% of the lithium it uses Despite the fact that Bolivia alone has enough lithium reserves for 4.8 billion electric cars and that lithium can be recycled from old batteries (it doesn't disappear after use like oil), some people are concerned about our civilization's increased dependence on the soft silver-white metal. It's true that the [Li] element is finding its way into everything, from phones to cars. But most signs seem to point toward lithium's availability going up and its price going down over time, not the reverse. This would be great for the electrification of transportation via plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars . Jackpot The latest development that supports that thesis comes from researchers at the University of Wyoming . They've found lithium - a lot of it - in Rock Springs Uplift, a geological feature in southwest Wy...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/vast-reserves-lithium-foun...

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