Biden rolls out $3 billion plan to end US reliance on China for lithium batteries

Biden rolls out $3 billion plan to end US reliance on China for lithium batteries


The Biden administration gave details Monday on a new effort to boost the country’s electric vehicle battery manufacturing capacity.

The plan, funded through Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law, provides $3.1 billion in grants to companies building new and retrofitting existing lithium battery production and recycling facilities. The law included $7 billion in total for improving battery supply chains, and Monday’s action follows an April invocation of the Defense Production Act aimed at boosting domestic production of lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite, and manganese, key battery components.

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Biden’s infrastructure coordinator, said during a Monday briefing that the funding “will help boost domestic battery manufacturing, make our country more secure, and spur the creation of good-paying jobs.”

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