What is lithium? It's a key component of electric vehicle batteries. To meet projected growth in EVs, the world will need a lot more lithium. ExxonMobil plans to become of leading supplier of lithium, using a modern process that has significantly less environmental impact than traditional mining.
We also have a deep connection to battery technology: Our own Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham led the research that resulted in the world’s first lithium-ion battery. In 2019, he won a Nobel Prize for his work. Read about the battery that changed the world.
Lithium is the latest example of how we’re helping automakers meet the world’s evolving transportation needs while also working to reduce emissions.
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Our lithium will strengthen supply security for the companies investing in EV and battery manufacturing facilities in North America.
The product will be branded as MobilTM Lithium, building on the rich history of deep technical partnership between Mobil and the automotive industry.
Why it matters
Critical shiftEVs can play a key role in reducing emissions in transportation, which today accounts for nearly one-quarter of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
New supply sourceToday, most of the world’s lithium is produced in Western Australia, South America and China. We plan to produce lithium in North America.
A three-step process
- We’ll extract lithium-rich brine from rock formations deep underground (~10,000 feet). Brine is salty water unsuitable for drinking or agriculture.
- Above ground, we’ll use a process called Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) to extract lithium from the brine quickly and efficiently.
- We’ll pump the leftover brine back underground, into the same reservoirs it came from.
This safe process is similar to many of the technologies we use today in our existing businesses.
Our lithium impact
Pioneers of innovation: The battery that changed the world
Energy and innovation Oct. 10, 2019
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