Tesla to reformulate lithium-ion battery chemistry for Gigafactory

By Laura Syrett
Published: Friday, 01 August 2014

Tesla’s plans to build a Li-ion Gigafactory in the US have led to predictions of huge surges in demand for battery raw materials, including lithium and graphite. But changing the chemistry of the technology could mean these estimates need to be revised.

Tesla Motors Inc. has said that its deal with Panasonic will see the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer tweak the chemical formula of its lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The California-headquartered company yesterday signed a co-operation agreement with Panasonic that provides that the Japanese firm will manufacture and supply Li-ion cells for Tesla’s...

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