Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green

  • 9h 23m 55s
  • Henry Sanderson
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc. dba Blackstone Publishing
  • 2022

In the twentieth century, wealth and power was dictated by access to oil. This century will have different kingmakers, perhaps different wars.

We depend on a handful of metals and rare earths to power our phones and computers. Increasingly, we rely on them to power our cars and our homes. Whoever controls these finite commodities will become rich beyond imagining.

Sanderson journeys to meet the characters, companies, and nations scrambling for the new resources, linking remote mines in the Congo and Chile’s Atacama Desert to giant Chinese battery factories, shadowy commodity traders, secretive billionaires, and a new generation of scientists attempting to solve the dilemma of a "greener" world.

About the Author

Henry Sanderson covered commodities and mining for the Financial Times for seven years. Prior to that he lived and worked in Beijing, where he was a correspondent for Bloomberg and co-authored a book, China's Superbank, about China's state capitalism and its impact on countries from Venezuela to Ethiopia. He tweets at @hjesanderson.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Battery Age
  • Chapter 2 - Dashed Hopes: The Troubled History of the EV
  • Chapter 3 - The Breakthrough: The Lithium-Ion Revolution
  • Chapter 4 - China’s Battery King
  • Chapter 5 - The Chinese Lithium Rush
  • Chapter 6 - Chile’s Buried Treasure
  • Chapter 7 - The Cobalt Problem
  • Chapter 8 - The Rise of a Cobalt Giant
  • Chapter 9 - Blood Cobalt
  • Chapter 10 - Dirty Nickel
  • Chapter 11 - The Green Copper Tycoon
  • Chapter 12 - The Final Frontier: Mining the Deep Sea
  • Chapter 13 - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: A Closed Loop
  • Chapter 14 - The World’s Greenest Battery
  • Chapter 15 - Cornwall’s Mining Revival
  • Conclusion