Snow Lake Lithium, which recently announced plans to develop the world’s first all-electric lithium mine in Manitoba, Canada, has outlined the need to create a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem across North America, to protect the future of its domestic automotive industry.
The company expects to produce enough lithium to power around five million electric vehicles over 10 years for the North American market. This is the equivalent of around 500,000 electric vehicles per year.
Snow Lake Lithium’s planned all-electric lithium mine is perfectly placed to enable the domestic supply of this critical resource to North American automotive manufacturers from 2025.
Philip Gross, Snow Lake Lithium CEO, said: “As we rapidly transition to electrification, it’s essential for the future of the North American automotive industry that we build a rock-to-road battery supply chain.
“Local sourcing of critical raw materials, such as lithium, is the only logical step to create a vertically integrated domestic supply chain. Snow Lake Lithium has access to a rich lithium resource and is on the doorstep of North American manufacturers.
“This is enough lithium to power 500,000 electric vehicles a year produced in North America, which would significantly reduce logistics and emissions that would be created by importing raw materials from China.”
Based in Manitoba, Canada, Snow Lake Lithium is developing the world’s first all-electric lithium mine to enable the domestic supply of this critical resource to the North American electric vehicle industry.
Snow Lake Lithium is ideally located to serve the North American automotive industry with access to the US rail network via the Arctic Gateway railway. This reduces transportation from thousands of miles by road and boat to just several hundred by train.
To enable the seamless integration of the supply chain, Snow Lake Lithium plans to establish a joint venture to create a lithium hydroxide processing plant and is seeking a partnership with an automotive OEM or a battery manufacturer to deliver this.
The proposed plant will be located in CentrePort Canada in Southern Manitoba. A scoping study is underway to identify the most effective approach to deliver a world-class lithium hydroxide plant within the Manitoba Province.
Snow Lake Lithium’s 55,000-acre site is expected to produce 160,000 tonnes of six percent lithium spodumene a year over a 10-year period. Currently, Snow Lake Lithium has explored approximately one percent of its site and is confident that further exploration will increase estimates over the next year.
Snow Lake Lithium’s planned mine will be operated by almost 100 percent renewable, hydroelectric power to ensure the most sustainable lithium manufacturing approach. This is important as many firms in the auto industry move towards net zero targets in the coming years.
Over the coming months, Snow Lake Lithium will continue its engineering evaluation and drilling programme across its site, with the expectation that mining operations, will transition to commercial production targeted for 2025.