Dear Elon Musk, all I want for Christmas is …

IT MAY have been the year of lithium but 2016 could have a sting in its tail for the New Age metal. To ensure a lithium-friendly Christmas, the Metal Detective has posted a wish list to Santa and his proxy advisers. By Stephen Bell

Dear Elon Musk, all I want for Christmas is … Dear Elon Musk, all I want for Christmas is … Dear Elon Musk, all I want for Christmas is … Dear Elon Musk, all I want for Christmas is … Dear Elon Musk, all I want for Christmas is …

What a year for lithium, previously a forgotten backwater hidden near Bridgetown; now the Great White Hope for the Pilbara, the Goldfields, Kwinana, and West Perth.

But the Metal Detective worries that some proselytisers of the metal have got ahead of themselves in terms of demand forecasts.

To achieve some of those projections, every household in China would need to sprinkle lithium salts on their breakfast omelettes every morning and replace all of their pets with battery-powered equivalents by 2020.

And everyone in Texas would have to swap their petrol-guzzling SUVs for Teslas before the decade is out.

Let’s not get too carried away. Electric vehicle sales are g...