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Sonora Could Be Leader In Mexico’s Transition To Electric Vehicles

Neighboring Sonora is home to large deposits of lithium, and the state’s incoming governor says that makes it the perfect location to pilot the use of electric vehicles.

Governor-elect Alfonso Durazo says he wants to see Sonora lead the way to a transition from gas-powered to electric cars in Mexico.

The state is set to become an important producer of lithium, with construction of a major mine already underway in a remote area of northeastern Sonora. And Durazo said this week that when he takes office he will work to see the production of both electric vehicle batteries and the cars themselves locally.

He touted the effort as part of his vision for a greater sustainability and respect for the environment.

Durazo is set to take office next Monday

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.