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The Human Cost of Building Batteries for Electric Cars

With the growing demand for electric vehicles, automakers are scrambling to obtain the raw materials needed for production. One of the most vital elements is cobalt, used in EV batteries to help cars run longer without a charge. But how its sourced is controversial as mines in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo face human rights violation allegations. Learn how the cobalt supply chain is viewed as a "new form of colonization," and why some EV makers are looking for alternatives.

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    Are we aware of what it really costs to build electric car batteries?

    ‘Like slave and master’: DRC miners toil for 30p an hour to fuel electric cars
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    ‘Like slave and master’: DRC miners toil for 30p an hour to fuel electric cars

    Congolese workers describe a system of abuse, precarious employment and paltry wages – all to power the green vehicle revolution The names Tesla, Renault and Volvo mean nothing to Pierre*. He has never heard of an electric car. But as he heads out to work each morning in the bustling, dusty town of …

    The Dark Side of Congo’s Cobalt Rush
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    The Dark Side of Congo’s Cobalt Rush

    Cell phones and electric cars rely on the mineral, causing a boom in demand. Locals are hunting for this buried treasure—but are getting almost none of the profit. View Iframe URL In June, 2014, a man began digging into the soft red earth in the back yard of his house, on the outskirts of Kolwezi, a …

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