Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong province, reached an environmental milestone at the beginning of 2019, with 99 per cent of its 21,689 taxis now powered by electricity. Photo: AP

China cracks cheap lithium production in electric car breakthrough

  • Scientific breakthrough leads to record low costs for essential battery ingredient
  • US and Europe seek to break Chinese dominance in global supply chain
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Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong province, reached an environmental milestone at the beginning of 2019, with 99 per cent of its 21,689 taxis now powered by electricity. Photo: AP
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.