Going deeper to power EVs: Controversial mineral mining on ocean floor

Riley Beggin
The Detroit News

Deep at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, trillions of potato-sized rocks lie on the seabed. They contain nearly every mineral needed to build an electric vehicle battery, including lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese. 

"The green future is metallic," said Gerard Barron, CEO of the Metals Co., a Canadian firm that is developing plans to collect the rocks and turn them into battery metals. During an interview with The Detroit News, Barron held up a small black rock: "These nodules, like the one I hold in my hand, are the new oil."