The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has caused upheaval in the lithium ion battery industry.
Before Elon Musk announced Tesla’s intention to build the world’s biggest lithium ion battery plant, The Gigafactory 1, lithium ion batteries were somewhat of a cottage industry geared to supplying a mobile consumer market for … Read more
Lithium and cobalt prices are experiencing a new period of volatility as prices crest from post-2010 highs. Both speciality minerals that are key components in an electric vehicle’s lithium ion battery began to see a downward turn in 2018.
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Benchmark Mineral Intelligence received an honorable mention in Mining Journal’s annual ranking of the most influential people in the mining industry for 2017.
China’s premier, Xi Jinping, claimed to top spot with US president Donald Trump, second. Meanwhile Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, made his first appearance in … Read more
Since Benchmark Mineral Intelligence coined the term Battery Megafactory in 2014 the landscape of the lithium ion battery industry has changed significantly.
Early on, Benchmark noticed a step change in the way battery supply and demand was developing and the corresponding growth in the size of planned cell production plants … Read more
Tesla’s latest financial results not only painted a rosy picture for the clean energy crusader in 2016 but also hinted at significant future infrastructure expansions putting further strain on already stretched raw material markets.
In January production of Tesla’s new 2170 cell – which will be used in energy storage … Read more
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Tesla opened its Gigafactory a few weeks ago to the surprising, if casual, announcement by Elon Musk that the Gigafactory will be three times the original 50GWh planned capacity.… Read more
… Yet Tesla executives fail to allay lithium shortage fears //
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel have attempted to play down the role of lithium in a lithium ion battery, but could have inadvertently given themselves further supply headaches.
In response to a question of whether there … Read more
One third of the lithium-ion battery packs produced at Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory in Nevada will be destined for the utility market.
Tesla’s utility storage division, Tesla Energy, has recently started shipping Powerwall, a battery pack for the home, and Powerpack, a commercial storage solution, to customers in US, Germany and … Read more
Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk has admitted the company is pursuing lithium deals in Nevada.
Tesla is looking to add to the conditional deal it struck with Bacanora Minerals / Rare Earth Minerals and Musk was forced to admit last night on Twitter that Nevada projects are being considered.
Last … Read more
One of the world’s leading battery manufacturers, Panasonic Corp, is predicting significant growth in emerging markets for lithium-ion batteries.
The company, which is the sole partner for Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory in the US, is expecting growth of 74.9% CAGR in utility (stationary storage) – batteries that can power your home … Read more