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Tesla will purchase 6000 tons of cobalt from mining giants every year to produce lithium batteries

via:博客园     time:2020/6/17 10:30:51     readed:505


According to Tencent technology, Tesla, an American electric vehicle manufacturer, is involved in the lithium battery business, and cobalt is an important mineral material for lithium battery manufacturing. Tesla recently signed an agreement with Glencore, a global mining giant, to purchase a large amount of cobalt materials for the production of lithium batteries in Tesla's new plant, a financial media source quoted on June 16 as saying.

According to foreign media reports, Tesla plans to use Glencore's Cobalt in its new plant and other manufacturing bases in Brandenburg, Germany.

Glencore is also the world's largest supplier of cobalt. According to the cooperation agreement between the two companies, the company will provide up to 6000 tons of cobalt to Tesla every year.

The financial position of the deal is unclear, but the price of a ton of cobalt is about $30000, down from $95000 in May 2018.

According to reports, Tesla has used Glencore's Cobalt in its plant in Shanghai, China.

So far, the lithium batteries used by Tesla mainly come from external suppliers. For example, lithium batteries in U.S. factories come from a Nevada joint venture with Panasonic in Japan, and lithium batteries in Shanghai in China come from LG Chemical and Ningde Times.

However, various news shows that Tesla is ready to enter the field of lithium battery, which further reduces the cost of battery and vehicle (lithium battery is the biggest cost of pure TRAM).

Tesla is building a huge manufacturing base in Brandenburg, Germany. In addition to the model 3 and model y electric vehicles, the base will also produce lithium batteries. In addition, foreign media also reported that Tesla plans to add lithium battery production lines to its plants in Shanghai, China, so as to supply model 3 and model y production lines in a short distance.

According to foreign media reports, Tesla plans to build a pilot lithium battery production line at the Fremont plant in California, USA. when the technology is mature, it may be applied to other lithium battery production lines in other regions.

In the past few years, tesla has acquired a number of companies involved in lithium-ion battery production technology, and has obtained a number of technology patents, which can lithium battery life and life.

According to foreign media reports, Tesla is working with Ningde times to develop a lithium battery with a service life of more than 1.6 million kilometers (million miles). The new battery may be installed on the domestic model 3 at the end of this year or early next year.

It is also reported that Tesla's Cobalt procurement will come from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2008, Glencore has been operating a copper mine in the Katanga region of the country and producing cobalt as a by-product.

It is worth mentioning that the use of cobalt will lead to higher costs of lithium batteries, in addition to the purchase of cobalt, Tesla is also actively using cobalt-free batteries

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