Each week our High Voltage column wraps all the news driving ASX battery metals stocks with exposure to lithium, cobalt, graphite, manganese and vanadium.

Scroll down for a table showing the recent performance of 200 ASX battery metal stocks.

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Australia’s electric vehicle industry has moved closer to the centre of the policy debate ahead of next month’s federal election, after the opposition Labor Party set out some aggressive targets in a policy announcement to start the week.

By 2030, it wants half of all new cars sold in Australia to be electric vehicles — part of a plan to cut the country’s CO2 emissions by almost 50 per cent over the next decade. The policy will involve incentives for businesses to go electric, and punishments for a breach of emissions caps.

“We have ten times lower electric vehicle take-up than the global average, and we’re at risk of being left behind,” Labor said in its announcement.

Moving on from electric vehicles to energy grids, new research indicates that lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly competitive with gas and coal.

Findings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance showed that the “levelised cost of electricity” (LCOE) for lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 35 per cent since the first half of 2018.

When combined with solar and wind sources, lithium-ion battery storage now represents a cost-competitive power source to relieve pressure on the grid during periods of peak demand.

BNEF reckons energy storage will be a $US620 billion market by 2040. That’s a lot of lithium-ion batteries. But will technological advancements give rise to some new entrants in the market?

As an example, South Australian company CCT Energy Storage reckons it’s developed the world’s first commercial Thermal Energy Device (TED) battery.

CCE chief Serge Bondarenko spoke to Stockhead last week about how thermal storage out-performs lithium-ion on a number of key metrics.

Switching back to car batteries, and an overview of the global market published this week forecast that it will grow in size to $US92 billion over the next five years.

So while supply issues continue to plague the markets for lithium and cobalt in the short-term, the medium-term outlook indicates that demand will continue to grow steadily through to 2024.

That could be good news for Aussie companies like Talga, which wants to use its undeveloped graphite deposit in Sweden to develop products that help electric vehicle batteries charge faster and perform for longer.

SMALL CAP SPOTLIGHT

Of the companies we track in this space, there were 88 losers last week, while 53 were ahead and 51 held steady.

Leading the pack was Lithium Consolidated (ASX: LI3), which rose above seven cents to close 54 per cent higher for the week.

The stock posted steady gains after a 30 per cent spike on Monday, when it announced it had secured two new lithium exploration licenses in northern Mozambique. But like many small-cap players in the lithium space, it’s had a rough 12 months and is still down 29 per cent for the year.

And it was a good week for Korab Resources (ASX: KOR), which came out of a March trading halt to finish the week at 3.8 cents — a gain of 50 per cent.

The share price increase came in conjunction that Korab has received expressions of interest to purchase magnesia from its Winchester magnesium carbonate project in the Northern Territory.

Here’s a table of ASX battery metal stocks with exposure to lithium, cobalt, graphite, manganese and vanadium>>>

TickerName1 Week Price Change %1 Year Price Change %Share Price [April 01]Market Cap
LI3 LITHIUM CONSOLIDATED LTD54-290.078 $6,811,659.00
GPP GREENPOWER ENERGY LTD50-790.002 $4,696,111.00
KOR KORAB RESOURCES LTD41-170.038 $12,045,383.00
WCN WHITE CLIFF MINERALS LTD40-950.007 $2,822,081.25
CMC CHINA MAGNESIUM CORP LTD251000.04 $18,035,104.00
ENT ENTERPRISE METALS LTD25-500.011 $3,880,627.50
RLC REEDY LAGOON CORP LTD25-880.005 $2,011,358.50
OAR OAKDALERESOURCES LTD21-390.017 $3,088,202.00
AYR ALLOY RESOURCES LTD20-750.002 $4,731,233.00
SYA SAYONA MINING LTD20-690.017 $30,982,680.00
ARU ARAFURA RESOURCES LTD19-510.056 $38,234,364.00
AGY ARGOSY MINERALS LTD17-640.11 $148,128,848.00
LML LINCOLN MINERALS LTD17-790.007 $4,024,885.75
CAZ CAZALY RESOURCES LTD16-370.026 $7,592,752.50
PIO PIONEER RESOURCES LTD14-330.015 $24,118,802.00
IEC INTRA ENERGY CORP LTD13310.019 $6,203,584.50
PLS PILBARA MINERALS LTD11-40.7625 $1,466,852,736.00
PAN PANORAMIC RESOURCES LTD11-90.41 $193,115,904.00
PMY PACIFICO MINERALS LTD10-500.006 $6,585,751.50
KTA KRAKATOA RESOURCES LTD10-450.022 $2,350,000.00
GWR GWR GROUP LTD10-440.1 $25,351,744.00
PUR PURSUIT MINERALS LTD10-820.023 $4,463,183.00
BSM BASS METALS LTD9-600.012 $33,462,790.00
ZNC ZENITH MINERALS LTD9-710.063 $12,765,728.00
EME ENERGY METALS LTD9240.12 $25,161,998.00
ARM AURORA MINERALS LTD7-480.015 $1,639,866.00
AUR AURIS MINERALS LTD7-550.03 $12,260,440.00
GBE GLOBE METALS AND MINING LTD700.016 $7,454,758.00
WML WOOMERA MINING LTD6-780.035 $3,831,950.75
HWK HAWKSTONE MINING LTD6-540.018 $9,695,406.00
E25 ELEMENT 25 LTD6-370.19 $15,533,405.00
BPL BROKEN HILL PROSPECTING LTD5-860.021 $2,957,668.00
SVM SOVEREIGN METALS LTD5-250.091 $32,334,630.00
TON TRITON MINERALS LTD5-380.042 $38,012,656.00
ASN ANSON RESOURCES LTD5410.074 $34,387,000.00
CZI CASSINI RESOURCES LTD4390.099 $33,168,680.00
RIO RIO TINTO LTD45299.05 $138,174,709,760.00
ERX EXORE RESOURCES LTD4590.085 $39,571,104.00
BAU BAUXITE RESOURCES LTD300.062 $12,865,340.00
ORN ORION MINERALS LTD3-240.031 $56,212,004.00
WKT WALKABOUT RESOURCES LTD3740.16 $45,637,464.00
DEG DE GREY MINING LTD3-400.096 $41,046,112.00
BEM BLACKEARTH MINERALS NL3-550.073 $6,022,040.50
SYR SYRAH RESOURCES LTD2-661.0375 $368,400,160.00
BDC BARDOC GOLD LTD2-570.044 $47,654,680.00
GPX GRAPHEX MINING LTD2-250.215 $19,210,426.00
AML AEON METALS LTD2-90.255 $168,267,424.00
MNS MAGNIS ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES L2-380.27 $165,006,720.00
LKE LAKE RESOURCES NL2-580.055 $19,449,770.00
SO4 SALT LAKE POTASH LTD220.585 $118,605,584.00
CLQ CLEAN TEQ HOLDINGS LTD2-730.305 $220,166,176.00
MIN MINERAL RESOURCES LTD1-416.22 $2,870,276,352.00
BKT BLACK ROCK MINING LTD1350.063 $38,646,356.00
SXX SOUTHERN CROSS EXPLORATION0-380.005 $5,384,216.00
NZC NZURI COPPER LTD0-130.31 $93,210,232.00
EMH EUROPEAN METALS HLDS LT-CDI0-240.315 $46,192,300.00
ESR ESTRELLA RESOURCES LTD0-480.014 $7,425,366.00
KLH KALIA LTD0-670.003 $7,543,042.00
PSM PENINSULA MINES LTD0-640.004 $3,451,488.25
PSC PROSPECT RESOURCES LTD0-670.018 $34,783,956.00
CDT CASTLE MINERALS LTD0-670.007 $1,566,571.88
ANW AUS TIN MINING LTD0-300.014 $25,846,220.00
FEL FE LTD0-570.016 $6,158,047.50
CHK COHIBA MINERALS LTD0220.011 $7,310,756.50
ADV ARDIDEN LTD0-800.003 $5,030,640.50
ARE ARGONAUT RESOURCES NL0-230.018 $24,870,090.00
NWC NEW WORLD COBALT LTD0-890.011 $6,066,694.00
SGQ ST GEORGE MINING LTD0-30.16 $49,189,176.00
SVD SCANDIVANADIUM LTD0-570.011 $3,870,527.00
KNL KIBARAN RESOURCES LTD0-230.105 $27,629,234.00
NXE NEW ENERGY MINERALS LTD0-880.029 $4,526,863.50
DHR DARK HORSE RESOURCES LTD0-780.005 $7,904,346.50
SCI SILVER CITY MINERALS LTD0-790.011 $2,937,102.50
SUH SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE MINING0-450.033 $2,919,492.50
LRS LATIN RESOURCES LTD0-820.002 $6,527,506.50
CAD CAENEUS MINERALS LTD0-670.001 $18,619,644.00
HMX HAMMER METALS LTD0-380.025 $7,543,130.00
JMS JUPITER MINES LTD03830.35 $666,056,960.00
AXE ARCHER EXPLORATION LTD0-400.069 $13,441,300.00
DTM DART MINING NL0-380.006 $5,568,257.00
BUX BUXTON RESOURCES LTD0-120.11 $15,646,375.00
VMC VENUS METALS CORP LTD0310.17 $15,489,497.00
VML VITAL METALS LTD0-200.0075 $13,069,585.00
AMD ARROW MINERALS LTD0-670.011 $3,459,946.75
VRC VOLT RESOURCES LTD0-440.022 $29,109,564.00
HIG HIGHLANDS PACIFIC LTD0180.105 $114,737,056.00
BDI BLINA MINERALS NL0-330.001 $4,543,882.50
AJM ALTURA MINING LTD0-680.1325 $297,564,736.00
CGM COUGAR METALS NL0-880.001 $1,065,472.13
CGN CRATER GOLD MINING LTD0-320.012 $15,957,446.00
LCD LATITUDE CONSOLIDATED LTD0-530.016 $4,402,864.00
TKL TRAKA RESOURCES LTD0-730.014 $4,638,494.50
POS POSEIDON NICKEL LTD0140.042 $110,993,480.00
RDS REDSTONE RESOURCES LTD040.013 $6,122,536.00
COB COBALT BLUE HOLDINGS LTD0-890.145 $18,066,062.00
BYH BRYAH RESOURCES LTD0-550.067 $4,076,958.00
OKR OKAPI RESOURCES LTD0-590.17 $5,838,287.50
TNO TANDO RESOURCES LTD0-460.096 $19,383,708.00
CNJ CONICO LTD0-630.016 $5,276,374.00
CRL COMET RESOURCES LTD0-620.03 $6,958,500.00
LPI LITHIUM POWER INTERNATIONAL0-410.205 $53,815,352.00
BMT BERKUT MINERALS LTD0-30.14 $8,419,083.00
RMX RED MOUNTAIN MINING LTD0-470.005 $3,890,184.00
GME GME RESOURCES LTD0-540.07 $35,196,236.00
LIT LITHIUM AUSTRALIA NL-1-480.083 $37,770,780.00
TLG TALGA RESOURCES LTD-2-270.62 $135,356,192.00
CXO CORE LITHIUM LTD-2-110.056 $37,501,200.00
ARL ARDEA RESOURCES LTD-2-630.46 $50,949,804.00
JRV JERVOIS MINING LTD-2-470.23 $52,466,804.00
TNG TNG LTD-2-460.089 $87,675,536.00
MXR MAXIMUS RESOURCES LTD-3-350.076 $2,361,295.25
FGR FIRST GRAPHENE LTD-360.175 $72,393,824.00
KDR KIDMAN RESOURCES LTD-3-411.195 $485,756,896.00
ORE OROCOBRE LTD-3-373.385 $865,674,240.00
HAV HAVILAH RESOURCES LTD-3-400.155 $30,554,868.00
HXG HEXAGON RESOURCES LTD-3-450.14 $40,849,676.00
LPD LEPIDICO LTD-4-340.028 $87,260,552.00
S32 SOUTH32 LTD-4223.745 $18,873,987,072.00
DEV DEVEX RESOURCES LTD-4-420.046 $4,321,187.00
VXR VENTUREX RESOURCES LTD-4100.235 $62,946,596.00
IDA INDIANA RESOURCES LTD-4-180.046 $4,875,764.50
A4N ALPHA HPA LTD-4-190.11 $62,381,000.00
KAI KAIROS MINERALS LTD-5-430.018 $17,045,456.00
INF INFINITY LITHIUM CORP LTD-5-350.081 $15,974,373.00
PLL PIEDMONT LITHIUM LTD-5-250.11 $73,741,840.00
KSN KINGSTON RESOURCES LTD-5-50.019 $23,240,770.00
LTR LIONTOWN RESOURCES LTD-5-450.021 $30,215,704.00
MTC METALSTECH LTD-5-910.019 $2,339,077.75
MZZ MATADOR MINING LIMITED-5-400.19 $10,237,833.00
AVL AUSTRALIAN VANADIUM LTD-5-590.019 $37,503,032.00
THR THOR MINING PLC-CDI-5-600.016 $11,470,409.00
GXY GALAXY RESOURCES LTD-6-361.915 $753,919,424.00
RNU RENASCOR RESOURCES LTD-6-470.018 $19,608,214.00
RTR RUMBLE RESOURCES LTD-6-40.05 $17,998,820.00
GED GOLDEN DEEPS LTD-6-400.033 $5,655,566.00
BGS BIRIMIAN LTD-6-640.165 $40,999,068.00
BAT BATTERY MINERALS LTD-6-620.032 $36,751,160.00
TRT TODD RIVER RESOURCES LTD-6-300.075 $11,358,619.00
NMT NEOMETALS LTD-6-280.23 $122,394,208.00
TMT TECHNOLOGY METALS AUSTRALIA-6-500.215 $20,575,230.00
CHN CHALICE GOLD MINES LTD-6170.15 $38,652,380.00
OMH OM HOLDINGS LTD-7-81.225 $908,506,688.00
PM1 PURE MINERALS LTD-7-260.014 $4,715,686.00
NVA NOVA MINERALS LTD-7-590.014 $11,612,012.00
DGR DGR GLOBAL LTD-7530.13 $82,779,552.00
SEI SPECIALITY METALS INTERNATIO-7-70.027 $15,536,540.00
AVZ AVZ MINERALS LTD-7-840.041 $91,327,936.00
POW PROTEAN ENERGY LTD-7-580.013 $3,737,247.00
PGM PLATINA RESOURCES LTD-7-380.065 $17,696,458.00
EUR EUROPEAN LITHIUM LTD-7-440.12 $72,632,896.00
IRC INTERMIN RESOURCES LTD-7-460.13 $31,777,442.00
AUZ AUSTRALIAN MINES LTD-8-760.025 $71,912,344.00
MEI METEORIC RESOURCES NL-8-660.012 $7,997,469.00
MRR MINREX RESOURCES LTD-8-870.011 $1,054,655.00
ADN ANDROMEDA METALS LTD-8-310.0055 $7,455,245.50
FCC FIRST COBALT CORP-CDI-9-840.16 $49,201,664.00
BAR BARRA RESOURCES LTD-9-390.031 $16,166,722.00
4CE FORCE COMMODITIES LTD-9-890.009 $3,820,642.75
GLN GALAN LITHIUM LTD-101300.235 $27,143,364.00
BOA BOADICEA RESOURCES LTD-10-180.18 $9,512,131.00
RIE RIEDEL RESOURCES LTD-10-870.009 $3,762,627.25
HNR HANNANS LTD-10-440.01 $19,879,546.00
INR IONEER LTD-11-640.175 $250,747,200.00
BSX BLACKSTONE MINERALS LTD-11-830.081 $9,088,586.00
AOU AUROCH MINERALS LTD-11-330.062 $6,130,716.00
HGM HIGH GRADE METALS LTD-13-880.007 $3,170,565.00
VMS VENTURE MINERALS LTD-13-350.02 $10,412,240.00
EUC EUROPEAN COBALT LTD-14-750.02 $15,233,947.00
SRK STRIKE RESOURCES LTD-14320.08 $12,062,744.00
AUT AUTECO MINERALS LTD-1400.006 $5,414,788.00
CUL CULLEN RESOURCES LTD-14-610.012 $2,033,577.88
JRL JINDALEE RESOURCES LTD-15-130.225 $8,748,694.00
MCT METALICITY LTD-15-680.011 $6,627,101.00
CLA CELSIUS RESOURCES LTD-16-890.016 $12,115,489.00
TKM TREK METALS LTD-17-780.005 $1,873,821.63
OAU ORA GOLD LTD-18-570.009 $6,460,959.00
CZR COZIRON RESOURCES LTD-18-590.009 $16,069,961.00
MZN MARINDI METALS LTD-20-600.004 $7,939,035.50
SBR SABRE RESOURCES LTD-20-750.004 $1,627,894.38
N27 NORTHERN COBALT LTD-20-820.06 $3,228,804.25
MLM METALLICA MINERALS LTD-21-490.023 $7,439,290.50
MQR MARQUEE RESOURCES LIMITED-21-900.041 $1,752,515.63
AEE AURA ENERGY LTD-21-520.011 $14,694,025.00
TAR TARUGA MINERALS LTD-22-840.05 $7,058,362.00
AZI ALTA ZINC LTD-25-630.0035 $4,106,897.00
PNN PEPINNINI LITHIUM LTD-25-900.003 $2,456,023.25
SI6 SIX SIGMA METALS LTD-25-810.003 $1,372,509.50
CZN CORAZON MINING LTD-25-790.003 $3,795,850.00
SRN SUREFIRE RESOURCES NL-25-750.003 $1,321,960.88
MTH MITHRIL RESOURCES LTD-29-850.005 $2,534,335.25
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA LTD-33-600.002 $5,383,595.50
MTB MOUNT BURGESS MINING NL-40-730.003 $1,355,638.13

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