The Bolivian company Quantum has achieved important milestones such as the launch of the first electric cars with 100% local production, with low cost as an incentive.
A key aspect that the company has had to grow in the field of electromobility is the use of lithium, a key resource for the production of batteries.
Bolivia has 21 million tons of lithium in Uyuni, Potosí. With this volume, it remains the territory with the largest reserves of the metal, which will increase with exploration and quantification in the salt flats.
In that sense, the Executive President of Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), Carlos Ramos, emphasized that the “batteries” that the batteries produced on a pilot scale, are “quite stable” for the promotion of electromobility.
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Ramos informed local media that the state-owned company produces lithium batteries at the plant located in the town of La Palca in the department of Potosí.
These batteries are currently marketed mainly to Quantum Motors and Quipus, the former a private company that assembles electric cars and the latter a state-owned company that manufactures laptops and cell phones.
“Logically, they have been sold under an agreement to Quantum to test the quality of these batteries. They are reporting us information that they are quite stable for the use of electromobility”, he highlighted.
He explained that under an agreement, YLB plans to supply Quantum Motors with at least 10 packs of Bolivian lithium batteries, of which five have already been delivered.
YLB also produces Power Banks (portable power charger), with a capacity of 5,000 milliampere-hours (mAh) built based on the 3.7V 15Ah battery cell of NMC chemistry.
This device is intended for recharging cell phones and tablets, has a 5V/1.2A DC micro USB output and 5V/1.2A USB input and achieves 93% efficiency, according to the company’s data.
In previous statements, Ramos highlighted that there is currently a wide range of energy storage elements and the state-owned Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos has the capacity to develop them.