There are risks involved in every kind of material, not only graphite ~ Subaru.
Japan’s Subaru, an automobile manufacturer, is actively working with its suppliers to mitigate potential risks associated with sourcing materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. This move is in response to China’s new policy to regulate the export of graphite, a crucial component in EV batteries.
Starting December 1, China, which stands as the world’s dominant producer and exporter of graphite, will implement export permits for certain graphite products. This poses a potential challenge for global automakers.
According to industry experts, this move could potentially fuel global trade disputes. Also, this could motivate other nations to indulge into research for alternative materials and sources.
“We are also doing a lot of research on battery strategy,” Mitsubishi Motors chief executive, Takao Kato.
Over 90% of the global graphite is refined by China into the material that is integral to nearly all EV battery anodes.
Subaru’s chief executive, Atsushi Osaki, highlighted the company’s strategic steps to ensure minimal disruption amidst this evolving global supply chain landscape.
He emphasized the diverse risks associated with various materials, not just limited to graphite.This proactive approach indicates Subaru’s commitment to ensuring a stable supply chain amidst a rapidly evolving industry landscape.
“We are working with suppliers to come up with measures to deal” with the risks, he said.