Tesla Warns Of Lithium-Ion Battery Mineral Shortage

Speaking at an industry conference in May, Tesla’s supply chain manager Sarah Maryssael called on the U.S. government to help ensure the ongoing availability of minerals needed to produce lithium-ion batteries, including lithium, nickel, and copper.

Copper, in particular, is in the spotlight because electric cars use double the amount of this mineral than internal combustion engines; it is regarded as the best material to use in lithium-ion battery anodes connectors.

InterestingEngineering reports that the copper industry is experiencing a sharp upturn in response to greatly increased demand driven not only by electric car batteries but also devices such as home assistants, which alone will consume up to 1.5 million tons of copper by 2030, up from 38,000 tons today.