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Quantum Computing May Be the Solution to the EV Materials Problem


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A technician examines the digital version of a silicon wafer

Neither Bosch nor IBM could gauge how long their quantum computing testing would take.

Credit: Robert Bosch GMBH

Robert Bosch is partnering with IBM to use quantum computing to find alternatives to current rare earth materials used in electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles have a supply problem, mainly regarding their supply of raw materials. Cobalt for batteries, lanthanum for electromagnets, and many other rare earth minerals, in particular, are (as the name suggests) hard to find and often require an environmentally damaging process to extract and refine them. In efforts to look for viable alternatives, German automotive supplier Robert Bosch and IBM have partnered to use quantum computing to find new material alternatives.

According to Automotive News, Bosch and IBM plan to use quantum computing to simulate alternative materials used within electric vehicle components and, ultimately, aim to reduce cost, environmental impact, and increase the production capacity of electric vehicles.

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