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Doubts expressed by some big name investment banks and others that over-supply would kill off the lithium boom have been swept aside in fine fashion by Kidman (KDR) and the leading marque for electric vehicles and battery storage of renewable energy, Elon Musk’s Tesla. Having said that, the point of difference here is we’re talking about battery grade lithium which sells for anywhere between $US12,000 and $US20,000 at the moment, not the direct ship ore and spodumene concentrates being shipped out of Western Australia by others for $US100/t and $US900/t respectively.

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Shareholders in David Flanagan’s Battery Minerals (ASX: BAT) stand to triple their money as the company develops its Montepuez graphite project in Mozambique, according to a new research report from broker Hartleys.

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Mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) will transform the nickel market, which must evolve from pricing and supply perspectives in order to meet the anticipated surge in demand, a Vale executive said (reports Metal Bulletin).

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Plus, Capricorn poised to be Australia’s next 100,000ozpa gold producer

Elon Musk reckons ‘boring bonehead’ questions on Tesla’s massive cash burn rate are not cool. He was equally sensitive on Tesla’s recent first-quarter investor call on the subject of cobalt, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, which is today’s interest. The cobalt price has increased almost four-fold in the past two years as the world frets about being reliant on the less-than-stable Democratic Republic of the Congo for as much as two-thirds of its needs to power the electric vehicle and renewable energy storage revolution.

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Elon Musk’s bearish comments on cobalt last week appear to have impacted ASX cobalt stocks

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Lithium explorer Liontown Resources (ASX: LTR) has touted Kathleen Valley as a significant emerging lithium discovery after striking multiple high-grade pegmatites at the Western Australian project (reports  Small Caps).

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Former Atlas Iron impresario David Flanagan just worked his magic again, raising US$30 million in debt and equity to support development of Battery Minerals’ Montepuez graphite project in Mozambique (reports MiningNews).

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Exporting unprocessed Australian lithium will prove to be a short-lived trend according to Pilbara Minerals managing director Ken Brinsden, who played down the chances of his company making a rival bid for takeover target Atlas Iron (The Australian Financial Review reports).

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