I wonder more and more where the massive battery production increase will get their cobalt from. Production in the coming 5 years will be multiplied, maybe even towards a different magnitude! As such, the cobalt and lithium demand will scale in the same fold. Lithium is relatively widespread (compared to cobalt), so while it gets harder to get lithium (and more expensive), it will not be impossible.
Cobalt however is quite a different story. What are the producers planning to do? Dig up half Congo?
Almost every week there's a headline about VW/Audi and electric cars which becomes far less exciting once you read past the first paragraph and see that it's "by 2022" or often later.
They are doing their best to look forward moving and progressive in the wake of dieselgate. But to me it seems like all optics and vapourware. Even the e-Golf, not really a bad product, is only available in very tiny numbers. They've dropped all hybrids from their lineup in North America except for the weakly sold and rather mediocre spec'd A3 e-Tron.
Basically, I'll believe it when I see the cars in showrooms and dealer lots and in monthly sales reports. Until then, I'm still angry about what happened with my diesel Jetta.
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Isn't tesla's competitive advantage that they don't buy their batteries from the current supply chains? Even the total world's supply of lithium ion batteries wouldn't be enough to provide for model 3 program.
Though I still wish we had 'something other than batteries'. Batteries can barely charge at their max discharge rate, meaning you can discharge at 75mph but charge at 30mph :(
The question is what $ per kWh are VW going to get out of the deal? The challenge is not just sourcing lots of batteries, the challenge is to make them cheaper.
I wonder how CATL is getting their cobalt. Is it coming from the conflict mines in Congo, where 4 year old kids are sorting the rocks?
> Manufacturing the powerpacks themselves is not in the cards. “This is not one of our core competencies,” said Mueller, who has faced pressure from employee representatives to invest in battery-cell production. “Others can do it better than we can.”
Well at least we don't have to worry about the power packs cheating on on range tests.
What does this title even mean? Down with clickbait. Flagged.
Willtheir electric cars be as clean as their "clean" diesel?