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If more people want hybrid cars, they may not be able to get them.
And the reason may not be that automakers can't make them fast enough, but what may be "natural limits" to their manufacture.
That's the recent observation of the Resource Investor. Basically it reports, if taken to extremes and a majority of buyers want hybrid or electric cars, resource limits on nickel and lithium for batteries and production bottlenecks would prevent manufacturers to keep up with demand. "It would take 50 years to make as many hybrid cars using lithium battery technology as were made globally using internal combustion engines in the last year," according to Jack Lifton, the report's author.