[co-author: Nicole Hager]
On March 29, 2021, the Department of Energy (DoE) called for public comment on risks in the U.S. supply chain for high-capacity batteries, including electric vehicle batteries. DoE is seeking policy recommendations to address these risks. Comments are due April 14, 2021.
DoE’s request stems from a February 2021 executive order (EO) aimed at ensuring the resiliency and security of U.S. supply chains. The EO requires a comprehensive government review of domestic production, research and development capabilities, and the formulation of strategies to strengthen certain critical sectors. The EO requires a 100-day review of four sectors critical to U.S. national security: large capacity batteries, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), critical minerals and rare earth elements, and semiconductors.
With respect to the high-capacity battery supply chain, the DoE has expressed interest in receiving comments on the following topics: