Mining companies search for graphite, betting on expanded uses in electric batteries

  • Article by: DAN JOLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 27, 2014 - 4:18 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tear apart an electric car's rechargeable battery and you'll find a mineral normally associated with No. 2 pencils.

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KonetzkiFeb. 27, 14 4:38 PM

Mineral graphite is the highest grade of coal, which is essential plant material that has been compressed for millions of years under high temperatures and pressures until all that is left is pure carbon. Very few graphite deposits in the world.

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