Mexico to discuss lithium and auto industry with US climate envoy Kerry


MEXICO CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Mexico will hold talks with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on lithium, batteries and the auto industry during Kerry’s visit to Sonora state, in the northwest of the country, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday.

Lopez Obrador said he would speak with Kerry about the so-called Sonora Plan, part of an initiative to turn the state into a green energy hub, focusing on solar farms and lithium production , a key component of batteries for electric vehicles.

The president said the two would meet in the town of Hermosillo, dropping an earlier suggestion to meet at a solar power plant under construction in the coastal town of Puerto Penasco.

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The Sonora plan also aims to develop the electric car industry in the agricultural state. The government hopes to increase electric car sales from the current 5% to 50% by 2030.

While Mexico nationalized its lithium reserves earlier this year, experts say it could take years for the newly created state company to start production.

Lithium batteries are not currently produced by any Latin American country on a commercial scale.

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Reporting by Kylie Madry

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