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Chinese shadow growing longer over India's electric-vehicle dream

Beijing's increasing control over global supply of Lithium, a key ingredient in batteries that power electric vehicles, is scaring policymakers

The Rs 100-billion wager
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India's dream of getting more and more middle-class families to use electric vehicles (EVs) seems to be hinging to Beijing, which controls the supply of some key battery components. And this might well become another flashpoint in the volatile relations between India and China. With nations placing a strategic interest in controlling the supply chain, political interference in mining activities is increasingly making the availability of lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper scarce, EV major Tesla has warned. India might soon have to join a global struggle for Lithium, the most ...