Automotive and mining come together for BEVs in Canada
by CM Staff
As the shift to electric vehicles grows, nickel and other critical minerals are in high demand.
GREATER SUDBURY — Members of Canada’s mining and automotive industries gathered in Norther Ontario for an event to discuss their respective roles in completing the battery-electric-vehicle supply chain at the Mines to Mobility conference on May 25 and 16, 2022.
Northern Ontario is recognized in the industry as the global battery metals hub. As the shift to electric vehicles grows, nickel and other critical minerals are in high demand.
The event connected the northern mining industry with the automotive and transportation sector from southern Ontario, allowing groups to begin forging relationships. Attendees heard from stakeholders, government officials and partners from across the country.
“Many people don’t realize the importance of Greater Sudbury minerals in their daily lives, but materials extracted from this community are found in a diverse array of everyday items, including the components in our phones, the parts in our bicycles and the batteries for electric vehicles,” said the Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury in a statement.
“This conference was timely and allowed for key sectors to come together for the first time in Canada to have these discussions and learn from one another.”
As automotive manufacturers aim to complete their transition to electric vehicles by 2035, the local mining sector says it is prepared to support the demand for battery metals. Greater Sudbury has organizations that have declared their commitment to the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards. They have supported their stated goals by converting their underground fleet to battery electric.