Batteries & Electric Vehicles

Cobalt is an essential part of the lithium-ion batteries that give electric vehicles the range and durability needed by consumers.

The majority of modern electric vehicles use these battery chemistries in lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) batteries which have a cathode containing 10-20% cobalt. Their high specific power and long-life suit electric vehicles as well as power tools and e-bikes. NMC batteries have a high cycling rate which, combined with high capacity and high power, suits them ideally for use in electric vehicles. NMC batteries also have the lowest self-heating rate of the different types of lithium-ion batteries.

Manufacturers are rushing to produce electric vehicles that can drive ever-longer ranges on shorter charges, with batteries that work and last for a long period of time.

Around the world, governments seeking to decarbonise the global economy are planning to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars, many by as early as 2030.  

  • 57% Batteries for electric vehicles, tablets and smartphones 57% 57%
  • Sales of new electric vehicles increased 42% compared to 2019 (mostly in Europe). 42% 42%
  • Demand in lithium-ion batteries rose by 10% year-on-year. 90% 90%
  • Sales of new energy vehicles to increase 30% year-on-year to 2025. 30% 30%

Cobalt is an essential part of the lithium-ion batteries that give electric vehicles the range and durability needed by consumers.

Why use cobalt in electric vehicles?

4 factors make cobalt the stable battery element 

How Lithium-Cobalt batteries function