Chile will promote the mining of lithium for electric vehicles

Chile will promote the use of lithium by special contract award in the exploration and extraction of mineral necessary for the electric car.

Framed in that purpose has scheduled the release of innovative technological projects developed in the country in relation to the strategic mineral, government sources announced.

On the so-called Special Operating Contracts for Lithium, Undersecretary of Mining, Paul Wagner, said they were aimed at enabling the exploitation of mineral in many places that "today is unable to do."

"We have lithium for 1,500 years," said Wagner. Chile leads the world lithium market with a share of 41 percent of global production.

By José Santamarta,