China’s Desperate War on Lithium
The Chinese are at it again with wanting to control the world lithium supply as well as the electric car and hybrid car manufacturing. These days everything is made in China, with a lot less of stuff made in the U.S.A. We need to change this although eco-friendly technology has its problems despite being in demand. Soy-based insulation found in the Honda CRV, the Honda, the Toyota and the Subaru is made of biodegradable wiring that cold rats chew on while hiding in the car to warm themselves up in the winter months. Tape may help insulate the wires but the problem is caused because rats want to be warm.
Tape looks like duct tape which is treated by spicy capsaicin, something that rats do not like to eat as much as soy-based wiring is edible for them. Other forms of rat repellant include Bounce sheets or even predator urine, which can be found at Home Depot. China wants lithium for its cars, as the second largest economy in the world. Lithium is a necessary component in electric cars, and China with it’s eagerness to manufacture everybody’s electric cars for them is way too eager to get their hands on as much lithium as possible.
It is China’s number one goal to take over the lithium supply chain. Electric cars do cut back on fossil fuel usage, which helps global warming. China’s government has the power to control the economy in the country. Western companies do not necessarily have as much interest in lithium as China does. Lithium is mined from rocks in Australia or lime pools in Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Making the change from fossil fuels that cause gas guzzling, to electric cars will take a few decades but it is in progress right now as a change for the immediate future.