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World's largest miner BHP says 2017 is 'tipping point' for EV boom And copper production may have trouble keeping up.

Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:06 pm

Via ABG:

Europe has begun a dramatic shift away from the internal combustion engine, although, globally, there are only roughly 1 million electric cars out of a global fleet of closer to 1.1 billion. BHP forecasts that could rise to 140 million vehicles by 2035, a forecast it says is on 'the greener' end "The reality is a mid-sized electric vehicle still needs subsidies to compete ... so a lot will depend on batteries, on policy, on infrastructure," Balhuizen said.

Electric cars are expected to soon cost the same as traditional vehicles — as early as next year by some estimates. But governments are also getting on board, with China's subsidies leading the way and Britain becoming the latest country to announce its all-electric ambitions in July.

Balhuizen said he expected the electric vehicle boom would be felt — for producers — first in copper, where supply will struggle to match increased demand. The world's top mines are aging, and there have been no major discoveries in two decades. The market, he said, may have underestimated the impact on the red metal: Fully electric vehicles require four times as much copper as cars that run on combustion engines. . . .

For oil, though, the impact of the electric car boom may take longer to be felt. Balhuizen said in the nearer term, over the next 10 to 15 years, improvements in the internal combustion engine will be a more significant drag on demand. . . .
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].

The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.

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