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Could lithium shortages derail Germany's e-mobility drive?

Lithium is a critical component of e-car batteries. As demand for electric cars soars, this raw material could be heading for severe bottlenecks very soon if lithium production isn't ramped up dramatically. But what does this mean for the environment and just how far can we get with the 86 million tons of lithium resources identified globally?

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Interviewees featured in this episode:

Michael Schmidt, geologist and senior analyst with the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) 

Horst Kreuter, executive director of the German branch of Vulcan Energy Resources

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