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Recycled Tesla batteries: almost 92% reuse of raw materials

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Tesla’s recycled batteries have returned Tesla nearly 92% of its original raw materials for future use, according to new information in 2021 Tesla. Impact report. Tesla plants already use an internal recycling system with a closed loop. This allows you to use all of Tesla batteries that it is sent for recycling with reuse of up to 92% of the raw material.

Tesla also shared some details about the chemical composition of the battery, noting that lithium is only about 1.5% of the total weight of the battery. Tesla’s iron-phosphate batteries contain neither cobalt nor nickel. Tesla stated the following in its latest impact report:

“While relative cathode compositions and our overall demand for various minerals and chemicals for batteries will continue to evolve, Tesla and the global battery supply chain will require significant amounts of lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, iron, phosphates and many other minerals. foreseeable future. Although we recognize the important role of recycling batteries in supplying some of these materials to ensure a closed supply chain, global production of items will still depend heavily on primary extracted materials to meet growing demand in the short and medium term.

“The availability and affordability of these minerals and chemicals are key to advancing Tesla’s mission and accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. We will continue to work with our suppliers and manufacturers upstream, providing visibility to increase the scale of key minerals for batteries. For cells containing NCA and NCM cathodes, we continue to work on batteries that contain higher levels of nickel to improve vehicle power reserve while reducing overall battery costs without compromising overall cell performance, such as safety and battery life, that cobalt is currently included.

“It is important to note that we expect that our absolute demand for cobalt will increase in the coming years, because the growth rate of vehicle and cell production is projected to outpace the overall rate of cobalt reduction in each cell.”

Image courtesy of Tesla


 


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