One of Tesla’s founders, Jeffrey Brian Strobel (JB Straubel), is confident that over time the electric vehicle industry will be able to provide itself completely with raw materials for the production of traction batteries from secondary sources. Tesla is making great efforts to expand battery recycling, but so far, customer waste batteries are reaching it in limited quantities.
As early as 2020, as you remember electricthe company has achieved a degree of recycling of 92% of the original amount of raw materials. In that year, Tesla managed to extract 1300 tons of nickel, 400 tons of copper and 80 tons of cobalt from secondary sources. Tesla’s recently released environmental report states that in 2021 the company sourced 1,500 tons of nickel, 300 tons of copper and 200 tons of cobalt from secondary sources. Growth was observed in all directions except copper. By the end of 2021, the company reached the capacity to process 50 tons of materials per week.
It is noteworthy that the batteries from the cars of ordinary car owners almost never reach the recycling service. Most of the time, batteries from high-mileage EVs powered by third parties and Tesla itself are recycled. Most recycled batteries come from in-house battery quality control or research departments. In fact, these batteries don’t even end up in the hands of customers, but are immediately sent for recycling. Keep in mind that Tesla batteries, which have served their part in electric vehicles, are partially aimed at creating stationary energy storage systems.