“Daimler Vows to Ethically Source Battery Materials for Electric Cars”

"As electric car production increases, the ethical issues surrounding the sourcing of materials, particularly cobalt, for their batteries are getting more attention. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler hopes to do its part by joining the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, which seeks to find ethical ways to source the material. Daimler also joined similar initiatives for other raw materials. Cobalt is a vital material in the lithium-ion batteries used in current electric cars. But the supply is limited, and mining has led to concerns over violations of human rights. Most of the world's cobalt is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has a poor human-rights record and unstable government. Much of the country's cobalt is mined by hand, sometimes by children."

http://www.thedrive.com/news/22616/daimler-vows-to-ethically-source-battery-materials-for-electric-cars

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