Carmakers will have to invest in the mining sector to guarantee supplies of materials needed to make batteries and keep costs under control if the drive for electric vehicles is to be sustained.

The claim comes from analysts at Evercore ISI, whose research warns of shortages in the battery materials needed by car companies racing to offer more environmentally-friendly electric vehicles, which will help them meet emissions controls.

Not being able to source enough rare metals and minerals may force carmakers to battle for supplies, keeping costs high and preventing electric vehicles preventing electric vehicles from going mass market.

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