Just around the corner from the hotel in Paris from which this edition of Outcrop is being written, there is a side street lined with recharging points for electric vehicles.
But what is noticeable is that all the vehicles are very small. Meanwhile, the bigger Peugeots, Citroens, BMWs and Mercedes vehicles (along with plenty of compact models) are still being powered by fossil fuels. Yet the automakers are betting big on hybrids and electric vehicles.
Is their confidence justified?
Well, that is one part of the Great Lithium Question. After all, the whole lithium (and cobalt) story is founded on the battery issue, and vehicles are a big part of that projected demand.