Workers construct a two-story living barracks at the facility in Rio Grande, Bolivia, to extract salt brine to make lithium. Lithium is the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, which researchers say will be the power source of choice for the world's fleet of electric cars now being developed.
Workers construct a two-story living barracks at the facility in Rio Grande, Bolivia, to extract salt brine to make lithium. Lithium is the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, which researchers say will be the power source of choice for the world's fleet of electric cars now being developed. Tyler Bridges / MCT
Workers construct a two-story living barracks at the facility in Rio Grande, Bolivia, to extract salt brine to make lithium. Lithium is the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, which researchers say will be the power source of choice for the world's fleet of electric cars now being developed. Tyler Bridges / MCT

Lithium could be Bolivia's future, if politics don't get in way

January 30, 2009 2:47 PM