Mercedes is thinking about the dangers of mining cobalt and lithium – now they will only buy materials that do not worsen the environment. In the future, the company wants to replace them with “green” counterparts.
Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will soon switch to supplying cobalt and lithium for batteries from certified mines to help reduce its environmental impact. In the future, the German automaker plans to completely abandon the use of cobalt, finding a replacement among environmentally-friendly counterparts. In particular, Mercedes-Benz will monitor research on green battery cells.
Over the next two years, the company will look into the cobalt and lithium mining situation in different countries and work with local organizations to reduce harm to the planet and improve workers’ rights. Mercedes’ Responsible Business Standard will promote Responsible Resource Management – the company hopes other automakers will support their initiative. If they fail to rectify the situation on the ground, they will end several supply chains.
“In the future, we will only work with those suppliers who agree to fulfill our requirements,” said Markus Schaefer, a member of the company’s board. “By doing so, we are paving the way for clean raw materials that other market participants can benefit from.”
The company also plans to begin its research for the production of cobalt-free batteries. According to preliminary data, new battery packs of the new generation can include 10% less cobalt as new mixtures become available. Mercedes plans to partner with Tesla, they also want to use less harmful materials in their cars.