Significant advances in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are driving the automotive industry’s transition to electrification. Canada’s expansive ecosystem of leading automakers, part manufacturers, research institutions, and skilled workforce are collectively well-positioned to further advance LIB technologies and overcome critical barriers that continue impacting electric vehicle (EV) adoption, including vehicle driving range, and battery lifespan and safety.
The reliance on raw materials from overseas to build lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) is a major concern for automotive companies building battery electric vehicles in North America. Canada’s rich Ni deposits is a potential solution to this problem. However, Canadian Ni ore are sulfides, so battery manufacturers are reluctance to use it due to possible trace impurities (e.g. Fe). Thus, this project is focused on demonstrating the viability of NMC cathode active materials (CAM) using Ni ore sourced only from Canada.
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