San Francisco: While the thought of Tesla coming into the mining enterprise is sort of thrilling, CEO Elon Musk stated he hopes the corporate would like it if it didn’t need to enter the business. During an interview on the Getting Stoned podcast, Musk, requested if the electrical car maker’s mining aspirations are on the again burner, stated that Tesla doesn’t need to go into the mining phase, partly due to its limitations, stories Teslarati.
“Well, we do not want to go into the mining industry or the sort of refining industry because the limitation, I think, is actually more. For example, with lithium, it’s more lithium refinement than it is the actual mining. So you better take the ore that contains lithium, and you’ve got to refine it and get it to battery-grade lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate. And it has to be extremely pure. Otherwise, you could have a breakdown in the cell,” Musk was quoted as saying.
“You can’t have impurities in the cell because it would cause the cell to fail. So the challenge with a lot of the ingredients into lithium-ion batteries is the processing. It’s not the fundamental rarity of lithium. Lithium is very common. It’s one of the most common elements on earth. But you’ve got to turn it into battery-grade lithium and that’s, that’s where the chokepoint is,” Musk added.
The tech honcho additionally stated that the variety of good, hard-working those that Tesla might push to do necessary initiatives is restricted. So for Tesla, it might be higher to tackle duties that make a distinction within the firm’s efforts to push the needle on the sustainability transition.
Recently, Musk talked about on the Financial Times Future of the Car 2022 Conference again in May that it is “not out of the question” for Tesla to purchase a mining firm if producing its provide of electrical automobiles would velocity up the worldwide adoption of fresh vitality applied sciences . Back then, nonetheless, Musk appeared that Tesla would solely enter the mining business if it needed to.