Reserves of lithium, a rare
metal critical to build batteries for electric vehicles, have been
discovered in Mandya, 100 km from Bengaluru – a find that should boost
local manufacturing of EV batteries.
Researchers at the Atomic
Minerals Directorate, a unit of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, have
estimated lithium reserves of 14,100 tonnes in a small patch of land
surveyed in the Southern Karnataka district
14,100 tonnes is still very
little compared to many major producers.
So far, in the absence of
local mines for lithium, India has set up Khanij Bidesh India to source
and acquire mines in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.