"Tesla Motors is now using Inconel, in place of steel, to upgrade the main battery pack contactor in its Model S so that it remains springy under the heat of heavy current. Tesla claims that this allows upgraded vehicles to safely increase the maximum pack output from 1300 to 1500 amps, allowing for an increase in power output (acceleration) Tesla refers to as "Ludicrous Mode". 
I just had a chuckle to myself when I caught myself thinking - why am I researching all the different uses for today and tomorrow of rare earth minerals, when we are a Lithium company!? Then I remembered our company name - and our roots... ;-)
It is possible that if a million people are to set up home on Mars, and that could just be the beginning of human kinds space odyssey, then sourcing various rare metals to be included in advanced alloys suitable for space rockets and ships, as we've seen tonight, could indeed lead to an increased demand for certain rare earth's. Probably not for at least 10 years. But definitely something to keep a watchful eye on. Especially as we all know from economics 101, secure your resources - early! ;-)
Macarthur Minerals increases DSO inferred resource estimate by 57 ... www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk › news 25 Nov 2010 - Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V:MMS) said Thursday it has increased the "direct ... Niocorp is developing North America's only niobium-scandium-titanium project at Elk Creek in Nebraska.
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