How Tesla’s Battery Mastermind Is Tackling EV's Biggest Problem

Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere - in phones, laptops, tablets, cameras and increasingly cars. Demand for lithium-ion batteries has risen sharply in the past five years and is expected to grow from a $44.2 billion market in 2020 to a $94.4 billion market by 2025, mostly due to the boom in electric cars. And a shortage of lithium-ion batteries is looming in the U.S.
Former Tesla CTO and Elon Musk's right-hand man, JB Straubel, started Redwood Materials in 2017 to help address the need for more raw materials and to solve the problem of e-waste. The company recycles end-of-life batteries and then supplies battery makers and auto companies with materials in short supply as EV production surges around the world. Straubel gave CNBC an inside look at its first recycling facility in Carson City, Nevada. Watch the video to learn why battery recycling will be an essential part in making EV production more sustainable.
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How Tesla’s Battery Mastermind Is Tackling EVs Biggest Problem


  • Lambert Lorette
    Lambert Lorette5 orë më parë

    great report

    JOHN PETRELLA15 orë më parë

    Time to start investing in the mining companies that supplys all needed materials to produce 1 battery. and the new technlogy of the new battery Tesla Elon Musk his company along with others new and old companies. Panasonic. etc..

  • Aghtiri Mohammed
    Aghtiri Mohammed22 orë më parë

    This is fantastic

  • Sukol Ponpojna
    Sukol PonpojnaDitë më parë

    #Pataint Rights are Racism

  • David Stambaugh
    David StambaughDitë më parë

    There are a lot of old mine tailings that have all ready dug up and crushed up that are full of rare earth metals. We were looking for other stuff ,but not rare earth metals which are plentiful in these old tailings.

  • richard harpell
    richard harpell2 ditë më parë

    I work for Li-Cycle in Kingston Ontario! Great place to work

  • Amaranthe Arimathea
    Amaranthe Arimathea2 ditë më parë


  • Michael W
    Michael W2 ditë më parë

    Is Elon helping the company, or is that a sore Point?

  • MrB8boy
    MrB8boy4 ditë më parë

    Part of the problem with recycling with companies like Best Buy is they make the consumer pay to recycle old technology. What’s my incentive then? If I can’t do it for free then I’ll just put it in the trash or hang on to it.

  • Robbie Searles
    Robbie Searles4 ditë më parë

    I would believe the recyclers are subject to changes in the prices of those commodities. Why wouldn't they?

  • 이하서
    이하서4 ditë më parë

    great video, thanks

  • eagle
    eagle4 ditë më parë

    Oh wait, Best Buy MAKES YOU pay to recycle. MAKES SOOOO MUCH SENSE! Doing the right thing and saving the planet must be PROFITABLE.

  • eagle
    eagle4 ditë më parë

    Yeah, lets hand them a bunch of our trash so they can profit on it. Wow now they want our trash too lmao.

  • Bart De Bie
    Bart De Bie4 ditë më parë

    Electricity is everywhere. The earth’s electrical field has been known for centuries. Lightning and St. Elmo’s fire are the most dramatic manifestations of atmospheric electricity. But the field doesn’t exist just in the vicinity of these events; it’s everywhere. The earth is an electrical conductor. So is the ionosphere, the layer of ionized gas about 70 kilometers over our heads. The air between is a rather poor insulator. Some mechanism not yet explained constantly pumps large quantities of charged particles into the air. The charged particles cause an electrical field. Although it varies widely, strength of the field averages 120v per meter. You can measure this voltage with an earth-field antenna-a wire with a sharp point at the top to start a corona discharge, or with a bit of radioactive material that ionizes the air in its immediate vicinity. Near the earth, voltage is proportional to altitude; on an average day you might measure 1,200 volts with a 10-meter antenna. Dr. Oleg Jefimenko invented an earth-field-antennae connected to an advanced corona discharge electrostatic motor which can convert the energy of the earth’s electrical field into continuous mechanical motion. Wouldn’t it be fun if there was a Tesla car that runs on charges similar to those that make your hair stand on end when you comb it on a cold winter’s day?

  • remy7000
    remy70005 ditë më parë

    How is this news. The batteris are not a problem. They are cheaper to recycle than to mine new materials. This is very old new. OMFG

  • Victor Segovia Palacios
    Victor Segovia Palacios5 ditë më parë

    So, create a product to solve an nonexistent problem, create a false necessity on people so they buy your product, profit; create real problems on the way, propose a solution for the problems you yourself created, profit even more!!!!

  • Worsin
    Worsin6 ditë më parë

    No one talks about the sheer amount of energy that goes into all of the mining and then recycling of these minerals for batteries. In the end Oil produces less waste.

  • youmadbro _1
    youmadbro _16 ditë më parë

    Or we can just have hydrogen cars

  • Zack Paul
    Zack Paul6 ditë më parë

    They can't even recycle stuff they should now.. W5 has shown us the truth. So why would we just believe these people that they are "now", doing the "right" thing. Hahaha. Nothing but propoganda from a death cult I'm sure.

  • Adel Touati
    Adel Touati6 ditë më parë

    The problem is a lot of companies locking up the batteries to sell more, the consequences people keep the phones for data, if companies needs batteries recycled they have to make design so the costumer can access the battery remove it to recycle and they buy it from the costumer.

  • W
    W7 ditë më parë

    just imagine the money to be made from selling product at insane prices, and then convincing ppl to give the most costly part back for free, and their time to do so........way to go sheeple, keep the insanity alive!

  • Willy D
    Willy D7 ditë më parë

    Or maybe we shouldn't mine these minerals in the 1st place which is extremely detrimental to the earth.......

  • gedigan
    gedigan7 ditë më parë

    Recycling is a marketing word for profitable business modeling. How much are they paying for such a valuable material for use to sell back?

  • Kenneth Bergan
    Kenneth Bergan7 ditë më parë

    Amazing! Keep going strong!

  • Dantata Dangote
    Dantata Dangote8 ditë më parë

    State and local governments can help by providing battery recycling bins and cans allover their jurisdictions. People want to recycle, it's just that it is not as convenient as throwing away trash, so they should make it convenient and people will follow suite ♻️

  • Tom R
    Tom R8 ditë më parë

    Maybe don't buy a new phone every year fruitcakes?

  • C H
    C H8 ditë më parë

    Create a problem. “Fix” the problem. Profit. ✨magic ✨

  • Ahmed Youssef
    Ahmed Youssef8 ditë më parë

    surely there is a battery battery option beyond lithium ion. If we proceed as usual, something will improve on Lion

  • 06howea1
    06howea19 ditë më parë

    eeeeek why did I see this coming!? E-WASTE

  • Nothing IsReal
    Nothing IsReal9 ditë më parë

    At 5:13 you can see why the EV boom could be over before it even begins.

  • Robert Miller
    Robert Miller9 ditë më parë

    There has always been one big problem with batteries DISPOSAL,WHERE AND HOW

  • Conrad Roedern
    Conrad Roedern9 ditë më parë

    Well done and doing, JB. Still for me EVs and battery recycling are much more permaculture than burning the global oil resources (in a flash-light second compared with the time for them to build up) and releasing the residue as CO2 and other poisonous gases into atmosphere. That should have been said and some shots from SYNCRUDE and other oil-related mess-place would have given this documentary even more perspective.

  • falcon127
    falcon1279 ditë më parë


  • Mikolaj Mikun
    Mikolaj Mikun9 ditë më parë

    1:18 Celina Mikolajczak - Best regards from Poland :)

  • Aydın Bolat
    Aydın Bolat9 ditë më parë

    ooor we can just ditch cars altogether and use railways only

  • Markey Jester
    Markey Jester9 ditë më parë

    I thought it was a great video! Though, two concerns come to mind: 1. at 5:36 "can relieve some of the burden on the need for new minds or finding new resources", but... that might not be a good thing, you NEED new minds or new methods of resources, even if it doesn't solve *this* problem, it could still have application somewhere, to say we need to just stop thinking of new methods of solving a problem is... well concerning. 2. at 8:03 where they talk about the solution being that the elements needed are in our draws, well c'mon, we have the material you want, why don't you offer us a sum for it? We bought the material from companies, why not buy it back from us? Those companies who sold it to us are going to purchase those materials back from you.

  • w4csc
    w4csc9 ditë më parë

    How many more thousands will they charge users to recycle the old $32,000 battery pack?

  • w4csc
    w4csc9 ditë më parë

    I did my part this week. My 1988 Chevy stepvan has my air conditioned electronics shop I used in my business powered by a Honda quiet electronic generator mounted on its back door in a custom enclosure. The van is my retirement toy. I spotted a parked EV beside one of the main roads so pulled over to see what was up. Its owner was waiting for a flatbed tow truck to haul it to one of our rare recharging stations. I asked him if he had his charging cord with him. He did. The look on his face was priceless as I cranked the Honda and plugged him in. After fighting his computer a bit, and waiting for the little 3KW Honda to add a few miles to his pack, I followed him to the new Electrify America superstation. I refused any payment but he insisted I take $20. Good deed for the less fortunate complete...

  • The Tee
    The Tee9 ditë më parë

    The extraction of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been linked to human rights abuses, corruption, environmental destruction and child slavery. Please tell the whole story CNBC and that Tesla has been sued by the parents of children that have been killed mining their batteries. This is report is paid propaganda.

  • AkshonClips
    AkshonClips9 ditë më parë

    Biggest problem? A bigger problem is the infrastructure needed for all these electric cars that are being mandated by 2035. California cant even keep the lights on.

  • allgoo 19
    allgoo 199 ditë më parë

    Let's say they recycled the material absolute 100%. That only keeps up the existing production. They expect to fulfill the "growing demand"? That's mindbogglingly stupid.

  • Vernon Gomes
    Vernon Gomes9 ditë më parë

    It really is odd to me that Tesla or other companies don’t buy wrecked Model 3/S and reuse those batteries for this process. Or for a cheaper model.

  • Fredrik Wanelid
    Fredrik Wanelid9 ditë më parë

    ”They are flammable and toxic, so they can’t end up in landfills”... Sounds like a phrase from 1990’s😂 But, yes companies like these are important for a sustainable future.

  • Greg Preston
    Greg Preston9 ditë më parë

    Ther was an old woman from nod who wanted a baby from god. It wasn't the god almighty that crawled up her nightie it was the vicar the dirty old sod. Yours Sincerely from the old corrupt UK.

  • Neil
    Neil10 ditë më parë

    Would be great if product makers made it easier to remove the battery.

  • Saemon X
    Saemon X10 ditë më parë

    Battery Fake Green Source! Just like wing Generators!

  • Darren Smith
    Darren Smith10 ditë më parë

    You lose 1/50th of materials from car battery recycling; by weight, petroleum has a 300 times higher loss.

  • Joshua T Morton
    Joshua T Morton10 ditë më parë

    Should start a plant in Agbogbloshie

  • He shan Quan
    He shan Quan10 ditë më parë

    Want to figure it out it’s easy ! Make a company to collect battery’s from home owners like a recycle program and gets pick up once a month that free money that doesn’t get thrown out ! Yet no one wants to start this problem they need to fix now !

  • Anthony Ray Teel
    Anthony Ray Teel10 ditë më parë


  • jamills
    jamills10 ditë më parë

    We need to up our recycling battery game. Going to best buy isn't easy enough and most people just throw batteries away unknowingly. I want more locations and PSAs

  • Mr Smith
    Mr Smith10 ditë më parë

    'you can drop it off for recycling' ...are they going to give me the fair market value of the elements contained inside it? If not, good luck getting it to stick. People wont give you stuff for fee in order for you to make billions off of it .

  • movax20h
    movax20h10 ditë më parë

    Honestly, the recycling Lithium, Nickel and Cobalt, is going to lead us to actually solving EV cost and transition to EVs in a big way. The demand is going to grow, the supply is stretched, demand for more and lower cost is ramping up, and there is already a lot of batteries needing recycling, and more will come soon. Not only recyling is cheaper and less energy intensive, it is less complex, and can also be easier powered by renewable (like solar and wind), compared to mining industry, plus recycling plants can be setup in many places, without limits. The recycling industry is going to be THE solution.

  • Max Su
    Max Su10 ditë më parë

    The solid state battery is going to reduce the cost to 1/10. Hope for the new battery structure also provide easy recycling. New power grid had better lay down in advance.

  • Laurent Jolicoeur
    Laurent Jolicoeur10 ditë më parë

    manufacture of batteries should design a easier way to recycle their produce so we can recover the material of their batteries

  • Shaggydude
    Shaggydude10 ditë më parë

    It's a gallant effort for sure, He is only one company in competition for the used Li-on waste market. Last count their were 7.5 billion people on earth, all increasing wanting technology, and cars. There just isn't enough raw or recycled materials to provide batteries for it all. We need a break through of some type, Li-on is only a stop gap measure at best. This simply a blip on the radar screen of history.

  • quartytypo
    quartytypo11 ditë më parë

    End EV battery anxiety! Put a lawnmower gas engine in the car that keeps the battery topped-up.

  • waltersumofan
    waltersumofan11 ditë më parë

    This should lead in to the Right to Repair issues

  • ez45
    ez4511 ditë më parë

    5:01 that is NOT the preferred route from China to Nevada. lol

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    dog wuhan virus biden11 ditë më parë

    anonymous sources Obama-Bill Clinton-Bush/fauci calling on Americans to get vaccinated because they promote company for money, Possible side effects after COVID-19 vaccination is (1)Tired(2)Headache,(3)Muscle pain,(4)Chills,(5)Fever, Nausea and maybe death. the child under 12 year old maybe lost memory on brains. pregnant women will The morphological fetus is not exactly the same as a human, often missing or missing a few parts most. think the family George H. W. Bush setup Murder shoot president kennedy. bill clinton sell Uranium to russian with sexual harassment, fauci said not true about covid-19 every day different . now he lie but never said any one death for flu just die for covid-19 all people? think fauci/DCD they promote sell vaccine for all company make. obama president 8 years we mush know him , his family embezzlement, bribery. set up cause riot black live matter/antida and now he control behind for biden. Do you believe them? they want all america people under them control like The Communist Party. now biden and democratic want make ID who is complete vaccine and they easy know where are you doing same like the People's communist of China ......

  • Dave C
    Dave C11 ditë më parë

    08:55 recycling must be made easier with every retailer that sells lithium batteries being mandated to take them back for recycling. A deposit/core charge should be applied to all batteries too.

  • adven ture
    adven ture11 ditë më parë

    What actually wears out in the Li-Ion battery so it needs to be recycled in the first place? Something is missing here.....

  • Schooling Diana
    Schooling Diana11 ditë më parë

    Please! Tesla and Elon Musk are playing catch up! Potassium batteries were developed without their input AT ALL, well over a year ago AND they last 2-3 times longer than the Tesla/Musk batteries of choice made from lithium. There are other EV car manufacturers who are more innovative, and care about their employees and customers. Several are out-selling Tesla by leaps and bounds. Why not report on that, @CNBC?

  • CC Carter
    CC Carter11 ditë më parë

    Why not 100@ recyclable?

  • Patricia d'Assier
    Patricia d'Assier11 ditë më parë

    Question: who built these amazing machines, especially for the initial separation of metals?

  • Kayo Michiels
    Kayo Michiels11 ditë më parë

    Umicore has been doing this since 2006...

  • Las Vegas Free Press
    Las Vegas Free Press12 ditë më parë


  • Randolph Maunder
    Randolph Maunder12 ditë më parë

    I would like to know why the batteries end up failing. What is depleated, what is consumed, what is changed? Something must be consumed or unusable. I'm sure you can't take only the recycled materials and make a new battery without adding some new materials.

  • Zerkini
    Zerkini12 ditë më parë

    18.9b dollar. Wants people to gift this resource to them through recycling. Why not pay the little guy for their materials.

  • andrei ka
    andrei ka12 ditë më parë

    so, and later someone will have to recycle all the trash musk is going to throw above our heads with this tens of thousands sats of starlink (oh, and we are not talkin about the total light pollution of earth night sky he doesnt seem to give a damn about...) , but somehow it won't be taken care by musk himself :-P

  • Ignacio Rivera
    Ignacio Rivera12 ditë më parë

    Give me your batteries so I can make money with them...🤣. I fully paid to own the batteries I purchased, they don't offer a discount to bring back your old batteries. So this batteries are going to the trash😤

  • Danny Oehlerich
    Danny Oehlerich12 ditë më parë

    I would like to see how much power is needed to build and recycle these batteries with them huge machines? Are they only using renewable energy sources?

  • Joel Peterman
    Joel Peterman12 ditë më parë

    Are EVs worse than the cure that EVs are made for?

  • Davicii
    Davicii12 ditë më parë

    All seems good but what they dont tell you they basically burn batteries which is highly toxic watch the limiting factor

  • JFreezle360Wizzle
    JFreezle360Wizzle13 ditë më parë

    Also Apple will recycle your Apple products and most third-party phones for 🆓.

  • Nodak81
    Nodak8113 ditë më parë

    I'm too lazy to watch the whole video so pardon me if this was covered in it. But I've heard companies are working on next-gen batteries that use common materials like silicon that would mean much cheaper production and near endless resources. Silicon is the second most abundant element on Earth.

  • Benjamin Andersen
    Benjamin Andersen13 ditë më parë

    thank f*** they are recycled, been wondering what in general happens to lithium batteries after use, cause there are massive amounts! this eases my mind a bit :) i remember trying a disposable e-cig, they are cheap and works pretty good, but non-rechargeable, they made me think, bet theres tons of those in common garbage litter, and thats just one product containing lithium batteries... (yes, i took one apart to see how it worked)

  • Gregg Roberts
    Gregg Roberts13 ditë më parë

    I have a bunch of EV's but they aren't powered. They are passive. Sometimes I wish I bought JBL's though.

  • Ferd The Terd
    Ferd The Terd13 ditë më parë

    Wow even here these idiots want Co2 gone... We can turn Co2 into Oxygen we should want more of it

  • MiladM
    MiladM13 ditë më parë

    I.wish there were.more people like him🙏

  • HobbyRob
    HobbyRob13 ditë më parë

    I wish jb straubel and his companions all the best, because this is the kind of thing we have to have! Let's mine less and recycle more! If I pay tax on something, let it be on there/that! I wish the people who are working on to that/it, all the best! Healthy and Kind Greetings! Rob

  • John R
    John R13 ditë më parë

    Glad to see there's an adult in the room.

  • John Childress
    John Childress13 ditë më parë

    I was going to watch this,then saw the CNBC logo and quickly scanned it.

  • Don Duncan
    Don Duncan13 ditë më parë

    "I'm worried this (materials shortage) could be a bottleneck." Typical CEO. You can bet Tesla, thanks to Elon, has/will solve this.

  • Tom Rogers
    Tom Rogers14 ditë më parë

    All these smug EV owners are going to lose their grins when they get hit for multi thousand dollar bills when their precious batteries die after few years of driving!

  • Jesse Morales
    Jesse Morales14 ditë më parë

    This is changing the planet for good Good job 👏

  • Earl Bennett
    Earl Bennett14 ditë më parë much is this going to cost the average guy

  • Ahmed Hammodi
    Ahmed Hammodi14 ditë më parë

    In Iraq we care about the environment, 40 millions dump their engine oil, batteries, plastic waste and other trash in the tigris and euphrates rivers, we are the best 👍

  • Alfian Syaifudin
    Alfian Syaifudin14 ditë më parë

    That Nokia 3310 still ring the alarm when someone want to dismember it using Diamonds cutter.

  • VRtechman
    VRtechman14 ditë më parë

    The way I see it, this problem is SO BIG Tesla and its subsidiaries will ask permission from the U.S. government for a contract to hire Prisoners at corporate run facilities to help recycle these materials! Who knows it may turn out to be a good thing! 😬 But I doubt it! 😑

  • Ben B
    Ben B14 ditë më parë

    thats was a dump question to ask if is he profitable?of course how is he getting all that machine and facilities...he definitely profiting huge.less work to mine it and refine it ,no ground digging.they don’t need to go buy land to mine but the material come to them and they break it down and separating many material they can recover them..even gold and silver

  • Ben B
    Ben B14 ditë më parë

    why work for Tesla’s when he can sale to tesla’s what they dump away and make $$$$

    AKHIL RAJ14 ditë më parë

    Nice use of FIBC bags

  • Anon Anon
    Anon Anon14 ditë më parë

    Lucid :)

  • Amaan Qureshi
    Amaan Qureshi14 ditë më parë

    10 $ bet Tesla will buy this company in a few years due vertical integration

  • Dan Mortenson
    Dan Mortenson14 ditë më parë

    Go to polymers, for EV's...

  • Seth Sovak
    Seth Sovak14 ditë më parë

    How (TF) do you not ask about newer battery technologies replacing today's batteries, as part of the equation???

  • CARambolagen
    CARambolagen14 ditë më parë

    First we need to limit the weight of electric cars! High weight means hi waste!

  • ahwayzcool
    ahwayzcool14 ditë më parë

    I got a bunch of old lipo batteries from rc cars and planes in a box in the basement. For years havnt used them and need to be thrown out but don't even know where I can turn them in for recycling. Lol

  • chris toey

    chris toey

    12 ditë më parë

    Check the internet for somewhere nearby.

  • Luis Longoria
    Luis Longoria15 ditë më parë

    I thought the gold mine in people's junk drawers was their personal data on old devices, but batteries should not be overlooked. There should be more companies that use recycled materials, but our local municipality stopped collecting glass because its weight made it too heavy to transport cheaply

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