Mexico to meet Kerry By Stocksak, U.S. climate envoy, to discuss lithium, auto industry and U.S. climate change


© Stocksak. FILE PHOTO – John Kerry, the U.S. Special Presidential Representative for Climate, attends a meeting in advance of the COP27 climate summit. Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Justin Makangara


MEXICO CITY (Stocksak). Mexico will meet with John Kerry, the U.S. climate ambassador, to discuss lithium, batteries, and the automotive industry on Friday when Kerry visits Sonora in the northwestern state. This was announced Monday by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Mexican President.

Lopez Obrador stated that he would talk with Kerry about the so-called Sonora Plan. This is part of a push for turning the state into an energy hub. It focuses on solar farms and the production lithium, which is a key component of electric vehicles.

The president stated that the two would meet in Hermosillo, reversing a previous suggestion to meet at the solar plant in construction in Puerto Penasco.

The Sonora Plan aims to promote the development of the electric car industry within the agricultural state. The government hopes to increase electric car sales by 50% by 2030, from the current 5%.

Although Mexico has nationalized lithium reserves earlier in the year, experts warn that it could take several years for the newly formed state firm to start producing.

Lithium batteries are currently not produced in any Latin American country on a commercial scale.

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