If you are an electric car fan as many of us are, you would have come across various news clips and rumors about Tesla’s possible battery shortage problem and contract negotiations with battery component suppliers in the recent weeks.
Let’s do a little bit of background on Tesla’s battery technology. Tesla started with the lithium 18650 batteries, then developed the 2170 and now are on the 4680 batteries.
They are not finished with their battery development yet but have purchased two of the leading battery development companies and are incorporating their new technologies into Tesla batteries.
Goro Mine Partnership
Earlier in March, Tesla decided to become a technical partner in a nickel mine – which is needed for lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars. The move comes amid growing concerns about future supplies of nickel. While Tesla will not have an equity stake, its partnership in the mine gives it greater control over its electric battery supply chain as it ramps up production.
A few months earlier, Tesla mentioned that the production plan for its new electric Semi heavy-duty truck remains in a low gear because the special battery cells the big rig needs are in short supply. All of these initiatives indicate that Tesla are actively working to secure future Nickel reserves but the threat is real.
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