It's now clear that the countries steering the future direction of the European Union, France and Germany, will also be the ones at the wheel of the bloc's much-vaunted electric vehicle battery industry.
To date, Germany has appeared to take the running on what was supposed to be a European project. Now President Emmanuel Macron, as we report in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing, has made clear France intends to be an equal partner. Both sides have until now been busy pumping cash into their respective national efforts aimed at taking on Asian suppliers in the batteries market. But will their 'united front' be the jolt the EU's Batteries Alliance needs?
Meanwhile, Italy's Engitec has won a contract to advance lead-recycling's environmental credentials with projects in China and Spain. But the need for responsible lithium recycling is in the spotlight again, following a major fire in the UK.
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