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A deadline this week adjudicating a South Korean blood feud

On the way to launching his infrastructure plan and batteries initiative. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

At a fragile moment in the global technological war, President Biden is on the cusp of an extraordinary decision that some say could influence how fast and robustly the U.S. begins to ramp up battery manufacture at a time rivals Europe and China are already well on their way.

By Saturday, Biden must decide whether to step in and set aside a February ruling by the International Trade Commission banning SK Innovation, an important South Korean company, from making lithium-ion batteries in the United States for a decade. The ruling sided with one of SKI’s blood enemies, LG Chemical, which…


Solid state, the Biden agenda, and congratulations

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Each Wednesday, The Mobilist highlights reader articles on Medium, comments, and updates.

Solid state, this decade: Until very recently, dreams of using pure lithium metal in a solid state battery were just that — dreams. But at once, a number of startups have said they will commercialize such a battery by 2025 or so, including QuantumScape, Solid Power, and ProLogium. In a tweet, James Frith, head of energy storage at BloombergNEF, goes along with this forecast and says solid state will be much cheaper than liquid electrolyte cells.

Biden will put EVs and batteries center stage: In a note to…


He is selling his $2 trillion plan as a middle-class jobs program, but it’s also a weapon for economic war

Pete Buttigieg listens as U.S. president-elect Joe Biden announces his nomination as transportation secretary on Dec. 16 2020
Pete Buttigieg listens as U.S. president-elect Joe Biden announces his nomination as transportation secretary on Dec. 16 2020
Pete Buttigieg listens as U.S. president-elect Joe Biden announces his nomination as transportation secretary on December 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Pool/Getty Images

On a coast-to-coast, New York-to-San Francisco trip in 1919, Dwight Eisenhower discovered that you could barely cross the country by car, the roads were so run down. After he became president 40 years later, he decided to fix this by building a first-rate, nationwide highway system. We still drive on the result: some 40,000 miles of highways built for the equivalent of more than $200 billion in today’s dollars.

President-elect Joe Biden’s $2 trillion transportation agenda is the most ambitious since Eisenhower, putting the electric car, the train, and renovated roads and bridges at the center of American economic and…

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