India's first lithium find: 7 facts about ‘cosmic’ metal key for EV boost

By Gkbooks 10 February, 2023

Since lithium was first discovered in India, here are five interesting facts about the important metal.

 Lithium is the lightest metal. It possesses an exceptional reaction when combined with water, producing a fiery output capable of burning flesh.

Lithium holds dominance in the battery materials market for having the highest energy storage per kilogram, due to its low density.

Lithium's light weight makes it highly useful in situations where weight is a concern. For example, a Tesla vehicle can run on a 600-kilogram...

lithium-ion battery, whereas if it relied on lead-acid batteries, it would require 4000 kilograms to provide the same power.

Unlike lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries can be discharged to around 10% of their capacity without experiencing failure.

More than half of the world's lithium comes from Australia. Despite the availability of lithium, only 18% of it is currently accessible for use.

The lithium reserves located in the Salton Sea region of California are anticipated to provide energy for over 50 million electric vehicles within the next few years.