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With sales of hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) predicted to soar into the multi-million range by 2015, it's now becoming quite apparent that a potential shortage in battery-related materials could present some problems. First, there's a reasonable concern that supply of essential battery components (i.e. anodes, cathodes and electrolyte materials) may not be able to keep up with the rising demand. There's also a valid argument suggesting that supplies of natural resources (i.e. lithium and ot

There is a general consensus that the world's lithium supplies are quite plentiful, with the metal found in Argentina, Bolivia and Russia, to name just a few places. But that doesn't mean there isn't some shady mining going on to find more of the stuff that is regularly seen as the most important advanced vehicle battery material for the coming decades.