"We expect that this move from Bolivia will bring sobering attitude to the the lithium market and all parties involved: battery makers will have to secure lithium supply and we can see another wave of consolidation among Canadian junior miners involved. Japanese, Korean and Chinese companies will have another look at brine projects in Argentina and Nevada, and hard rock in Canada and Australia. Chile has announced revision of its lithium strategy: in order to finance and develop new deposits it is considering to open its lithium market. All these developments are in a sharp contrast to the recent moves from Bolivia."
Nissan books 8,000 Leaf orders in nine days, gets turned on with that electric feel
By Darren Murph posted May 2nd 2010 5:11PM
Who says people aren't willing to pay upwards of $30k for a car that can only go 100 miles before needing to be tethered to a wall outlet? Evidently Nissan has struck a chord with the US populace, as the automaker just announced that 8,000 orders for the all-electric Leaf were booked in a mere nine days after orders went live. According to Mark Perry, the company's North American director of product planning and strategy, Nissan is "on its way to have 25,000 firm orders by December," and considering that it'll only ship initially in California, Arizona, Washington, Tennessee and Oregon, that's a pretty bold assumption. Better still, Nissan plans to "make money at the price that it announced," though we've no doubt that the $7,500 Federal tax credit has urged fence-sitters to jump in the pre-order line. Still, it's good to see consumers putting their money into unconventional automobiles, but we can't say we're eager to see a special run of Parking Wars dedicated to brawls over what motorist gets the last charging socket on Main Street. Or maybe we are, in a sick and sadistic sort of way."