Tesla's Battery Supply Problem

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[1] www.statista.com/statistics/502208/tesla-quarterly-vehicle-deliveries/
[2] www.statista.com/statistics/265859/vehicle-sales-worldwide/
[3] arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1210/1210.3672.pdf
[4] www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369702114004118#fig0035
[5] courses.lumenlearning.com/geology/chapter/reading-abundance-of-elements-in-earths-crust/
[6] Page 16 publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/230991/local_230991.pdf and www.researchgate.net/post/What_is_the_content_of_pure_lithium_eg_kg_kWh_in_Li-ion_batteries_used_in_electric_vehicles
[7] pubs.usgs.gov/periodicals/mcs2020/mcs2020-lithium.pdf
[8]Page 51 pubs.usgs.gov/periodicals/mcs2020/mcs2020.pdf
[9] www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/16/apple-and-google-named-in-us-lawsuit-over-congolese-child-cobalt-mining-deaths
[10] www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/about/legal/2018-conflict-minerals-report.pdf
[11] www.benchmarkminerals.com/panasonic-reduces-teslas-cobalt-consumption-by-60-in-6-years/
[12] Page 9 www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Industries/Metals%20and%20Mining/Our%20Insights/The%20future%20of%20nickel%20A%20class%20act/The%20future%20of%20nickel%20A%20class%20act.ashx#:~:text=For%20nickel%2Dcontaining%20lithium%2Dion,%2C%20NMC811%2C%20or%20NCA
[13] Page 113 pubs.usgs.gov/periodicals/mcs2020/mcs2020.pdf
[14] insg.org/index.php/about-nickel/production-usage/
[15] www.mining.com/web/elon-musk-is-going-to-have-a-hard-time-finding-clean-nickel/
[16] www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/arizona-battery-explosion-conventional-wisdom-safety
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  • boi jone

    boi jone

    7 ditë më parë

    ...so make a standard battery that can just be unplugged from a phone and put it into a array of them in a car?

  • Tommy


    9 ditë më parë

    Fake engineering talk shit about Tesla lol stupidity

  • Dave Froman

    Dave Froman

    17 ditë më parë

    @Emmerich August think again. althe.info/number/mpvQcmuBgWV3Y9A/video

  • Emmerich August

    Emmerich August

    17 ditë më parë

    Seem like we have a clear winner! Gas cars 😜

  • James Leather

    James Leather

    18 ditë më parë

    Can you please do the economics of a hyperloop system in Europe or the US! :)

  • Marty Zielinski
    Marty Zielinski4 orë më parë

    This is sheer fantasy. It does not represent any transition from fossil fuels because we’d STILL be reliant on it for manufacturing and charging the batteries!

  • David Russell
    David Russell16 orë më parë

    The belief that the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels is causing climate change has never been shown to be physically possible. The only think anyone can do to deal with global climate change is to prepare for any eventuality by building infrastructure. The "Net Zero" goal is suicidal. Wake up.

  • chris pham
    chris phamDitë më parë

    Company: “How many bottlenecks are there in the production world?” Elon Musk: Yes

  • Ata fakheri
    Ata fakheriDitë më parë

    Is it just me or it seems like turning every car to electric is more polluting than just using more efficient petrol engines? It has come to stripping the earth crust completely from some materials.

  • Aninkovsky
    AninkovskyDitë më parë

    So, this is why Elon build Space-X?

  • Elle Fields
    Elle FieldsDitë më parë

    I guess option B is to stage a coup against the democratically elected president of Bolivia.

  • Navid Khan
    Navid KhanDitë më parë

    Well if your country have lithium and cobalt reserves, America might come for some freedom

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  • Majorohminus
    MajorohminusDitë më parë

    Tesla is just complete BS and hype. There will need to be much bigger innovations for pretty much every problem Elon outlined. None of which is going to happen at Tesla. Elon always over promises on everything and talks about innovation like he is personally pushing the world forward but Tesla still doesn't deliver many vehicles and electric personal vehicles are not a big piece of the pie to solving climate change.

  • Barsabias Dannelle Abajar
    Barsabias Dannelle Abajar2 ditë më parë

    Why not charge it?

  • Mervin Smith
    Mervin Smith2 ditë më parë

    Hydrogen is the answer not dirty batteries fuel cell technology now we're going to put all that toxic shit in the ground were starting with the wrong shit all over again but everyone kisses his ass

  • Bait Hunter
    Bait Hunter2 ditë më parë

    You left out how Elon Musk doesn't care if these minerals are from exploitation. Musk, after all, inherited a fortune from exploration. He did work hard, but in the indirect sense. He's a monster is what I'm saying.

  • Shuhrat Urinov
    Shuhrat Urinov2 ditë më parë

    Company: “How many bottlenecks are there in the production world?” Elon Musk: Yes

  • Konrad Żuk
    Konrad Żuk2 ditë më parë

    So Engeineers the one smart solution is to use GRAPHENE instead of Graphite.. the charge capacity increases dramatically

  • Rakesh S
    Rakesh S3 ditë më parë

    5:48 is that samsung note 7

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    KoenZyxYssel3 ditë më parë


  • mountedpatrolman
    mountedpatrolman3 ditë më parë

    These Carbon taxes, and regulations are NOT the way away from fossil fuels. All they are doing are running our manufacturing capability out of the country, and handicapping the US from being competitive economically. We need to build our economy and manufacturing capabilities back up, to spur on innovation, and more rapidly develop battery, and energy technology.

  • Zhenny Jacksmith
    Zhenny Jacksmith3 ditë më parë

    There is nothing better then a Irish person saying "but".

  • Haley Weatherall
    Haley Weatherall3 ditë më parë

    Damn I'm a 17yo boy in Iran and even I'm rooting for them.

  • Travis Gould
    Travis Gould3 ditë më parë

    When we speak of energy storage, it can be applied to other forms of energy, including oil and gas. Energy density also applies to oil and gas. But, these two concepts also apply to nuclear. Oil and gas are more energy dense than wind and sun energy and thus store energy better and to much higher extremes. But, there is something better than oil and gas, nuclear. Why is nuclear resisted so much? It is far more energy dense than any other form of energy and easily stores. Use nuclear.

  • Theknifedude
    Theknifedude3 ditë më parë

    What do you think about vanadium flow batteries?

  • Shailesh Tikhe
    Shailesh Tikhe4 ditë më parë

    Now onwards, I am gonna watch launch events for automobile instead of smartphones.

  • Nurpus
    Nurpus4 ditë më parë

    Why is all cobalt on Earth concentrated in Congo?...

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    How-to, Tutorial, Tips and Knowledge4 ditë më parë

    Elon Musk need fool cell

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    How-to, Tutorial, Tips and Knowledge4 ditë më parë

    well, i already bought Vale nickel stock

  • David Fox
    David Fox4 ditë më parë

    For grid scale energy storage, we need to stop looking at chemical batteries. Energy potential exists in other forms. Instead of storage in batteries why not take that excess energy and split water. Store the hydrogen and oxygen separately and burn it to run turbines when demand requires it.

  • Steven Wilson
    Steven Wilson4 ditë më parë

    12:10 the cobalt being mined out of the DRC is a serious human rights problem but not easily fixed. If we stop getting cobalt from there does that mean the human rights problems go away? Unlikely. What is more likely is a bunch of poor people who have some way to sustain themselves by mining this material will lose that income source and many might sink further into poverty and even starve to death. The civil conflict going on there is another serious problem but not one likely to be solved by no longer mining there.

  • Bryan Sales
    Bryan Sales4 ditë më parë

    I advocate renewable energy. But for now I prefer sucking oil. Blowing up mountains is definitely defeating the purpose of going green.

  • Akhyar Maulana
    Akhyar Maulana5 ditë më parë

    Active sodium battery

  • The Last
    The Last5 ditë më parë

    This video is the evidence, the evidence of why u are an engineer and no an economist.

  • Valentina
    Valentina5 ditë më parë

    >tfw your coup fails misearably and you have to go on stage and do a presentation on how you need to reinvent the battery or some shit You love to see it.

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  • Ben Tabar
    Ben Tabar5 ditë më parë

    Founding Year of Major Car Companies starting with Tesla: Tesla - 2003 Toyota - 1937 Volkswagen - 1937 Audi - 1932 Subaru - 1953 Nissan - 1933 GMC - 1911 Dodge - 1900 Ford - 1903 (According to google) I think the only part that infuriates me about this video was the fact that they had to say "Oh well Tesla only sold 90K per quarter so they technically still have a long way to go" In such an established industry with ICE engines being dominant for literally 100+ years. What Tesla is doing is beyond anything that any car company has ever seen in history, period. Literally, they are the only 21st century car company that is as recognizable as these 50-100+ year old companies. And it's only... 17 years old? Like cmon. Give em that.

  • Pauline Weinberger
    Pauline Weinberger5 ditë më parë

    I feel like this is just battery manufactures problem, but you use Teslas name to give your video more publicity.

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    mahkraFUD5 ditë më parë

    I took 3.091 from Professor Sadoway about 20 years ago. Amazing teacher. :)

  • Elite Scaper
    Elite Scaper5 ditë më parë

    I’m 39 years old and have absolutely never heard anyone say aluminum like that

  • Ron Paul
    Ron Paul5 ditë më parë

    As an Engineer, I can safely say you're wrong. We do NOT "NEED" to transition away from fossil fuels.

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  • Alpha Pixel
    Alpha Pixel6 ditë më parë

    Mostly tesla will come with nuclear battery in near future

  • 574LK3R
    574LK3R6 ditë më parë

    Electric vehicles are not a suitable solution. Carbon liquid fuel is carbon neutral and no chabges are made to cars. Upgrades, people, upgrades

  • EF M
    EF M6 ditë më parë

    This isn't a rich family, but a family that is working together as a family unit. This the way the human species has always been and if we should survive, will always be.

  • Christopher Lago
    Christopher Lago7 ditë më parë

    Same people buying Tesla cars argue how magical they are for the environment but secretly know their iPhone battery destroys the environment each annual purchase. Its how you choose to see the world not what it really looks like.

  • Christopher Lago
    Christopher Lago7 ditë më parë

    Love how everyone driving a Tesla looks down on those who don't as if we are directly responsible for destroying the planet and their car is made from grass clippings.

  • Christopher Lago
    Christopher Lago7 ditë më parë

    Why can we all agree that dredging the seafloor is not the best path to climate change? Is there any evidence or are you just blindly stating opinions without doing any research of your own?

  • Erin Asadourian
    Erin Asadourian7 ditë më parë

    Tesla's worried about conducting business with countries with human rights violations yet Elon Musk is working with Turkish dictator Erdogan currently supporting cultural genocide in Artsakh kicking ethnic Armenia's out of their indigenous land.

  • robo005
    robo0057 ditë më parë

    Tesla, apple cult is the same as feminists move. Those bot people scream in tears when they hear any criticism toward theirs beloved gods. And the more electric cars will be more energy needed. So atom energy goes to the front.

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    İslam Aydoğmuş8 ditë më parë

    Oil companies disliked this video

  • Tyler Cherry
    Tyler Cherry8 ditë më parë

    All I'm saying is that if your a giant and cocaine addict... 11:46

  • Jerry Lifsey
    Jerry Lifsey8 ditë më parë

    Should gov'ts stop using Nickel in their coins?

  • Jerry Lifsey
    Jerry Lifsey8 ditë më parë

    If Lithium is in Chile's saltflats, is Lithium in Bonneville's saltflats?

  • Omar Aqq
    Omar Aqq8 ditë më parë

    I think its time we re-engineer the battery

  • Cookie Monster
    Cookie Monster8 ditë më parë

    Thank you thank you thank you for sourcing your content. It's greatly appreciated and it also ups your credibility by a lot.

  • whatisbestinlife
    whatisbestinlife9 ditë më parë

    What nation is Tesla encouraging the US to coup now to get their hands on the natural resources cheaper.

  • Angad Singh

    Angad Singh

    6 ditë më parë

    @whatisbestinlife Dumbass that was a troll tweet. Immediately after that tweet he tweeted: "We get most of our lithium from Australia". Some people don't understand sarcasm AT ALL

  • whatisbestinlife


    6 ditë më parë

    @Angad Singh Elon Musk making light of US coup of other nations when those nations have resources he wants to get to cheaply for his cars and tech.

  • Angad Singh

    Angad Singh

    7 ditë më parë

    What are you talking about?

  • Dillon Vossen
    Dillon Vossen9 ditë më parë

    destabilize the "DRC"

  • Hügo Krüger
    Hügo Krüger9 ditë më parë

    Recycling is nonsense, just incinerate the waste

  • Mike Star
    Mike Star10 ditë më parë

    I'm an electrical engineer that's works in the energy industry and energy storage is one of the most pressing issues in the field at this time. I design high voltage substations. We are constantly looking at new and different methods of finding sufficient way to store energy for the grid.

  • Valentin Arzola
    Valentin Arzola10 ditë më parë

    How does hydrogen fuel Cell compete in energy storage.

  • MrDosonhai
    MrDosonhai10 ditë më parë

    Something tells me Australia will benefit greatly in the next few decades as they are and will be the only stable region in the world that could supply most of the resources needed for the next technological revolution.

  • Armand De Maupertuis
    Armand De Maupertuis10 ditë më parë

    Just cut the human population on Earth by 99%. All problems solved...

  • Riaz
    Riaz11 ditë më parë

    Another reason why the solution to cars isn't only batteries, but hydrogen as well.

  • Tricky Dicky
    Tricky Dicky11 ditë më parë

    what no lithium does to a mf

  • Belinda a
    Belinda a11 ditë më parë

    Seems to me that Tesla needing more factories/output and a great deal of the RM they need for batteries being in Australia should result in them investing in a company in Australia! They helped Aus with the battery storage solution for South Australia so I know the Govt would do them some favours.

  • jacktheninja
    jacktheninja11 ditë më parë

    3:08 is it me or is this showing conventional flow instead

  • Pieh0
    Pieh011 ditë më parë

    5:39 Oooo, the forbidden Capri Sun!

  • İslam Aydoğmuş
    İslam Aydoğmuş11 ditë më parë

    I wonder whats the point of "monster trucks" like do they have ANY practical uses?

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    cbondoc567812 ditë më parë

    Can you do a real engineering video on the distribution and cold storage of pfizer’s vaccines at -94 deg F? Like it’s feasibility/amount of energy required

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  • Lics Norgi
    Lics Norgi12 ditë më parë

    lame car

  • nikosdok
    nikosdok12 ditë më parë

    24 minutes video to say this? Speechifying

  • jaquesaulait
    jaquesaulait12 ditë më parë

    Interesting presentation. (Fewer factories)

  • Anna Krichevsky
    Anna Krichevsky12 ditë më parë

    It is amazing how this video danced around Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry which has no supply constraints whatsoever (other than that of Lithium itself which is pretty soft), has the longest cycle life of all, is safe (not igniting even if punctured), and non-toxic. Oh, on top of that it provides more stable voltage than other chemistries, and thus requires far less sophisticated charging control circuitry if any. The energy density is lower than others, but sufficient even for vehicle use (used in Teslas), and definitely for stationary energy storage. Arizona battery farm disaster is absolutely irrelevant if LFP batteries are used, and they will be according to Tesla plan revealed on Battery Day.

  • Doclabkr Suzanne
    Doclabkr Suzanne13 ditë më parë

    Im back from stalking anime waifus

  • Dr Frost
    Dr Frost13 ditë më parë

    🤣 They don't gaf where their power comes from

  • penua
    penua13 ditë më parë

    U just talk too much Just say what's need to be said dont beat around the bush

  • Seeker_Of_Knowledge
    Seeker_Of_Knowledge13 ditë më parë

    Redwood based in California is a Lithium battery recycler,

  • Pierfrancesco Poniz
    Pierfrancesco Poniz13 ditë më parë


  • Mason Rawson
    Mason Rawson13 ditë më parë

    Love your channel man! Would love a video on liquid air batteries! Saw this video of it on "Just have a think" althe.info/number/2oCtpW19p6hurK4/video

  • PongoXBongo
    PongoXBongo13 ditë më parë

    Couldn't the tech giants build large, modern mining facilities in the DRC and give the people there better working conditions as employees? I get that it would decrease profits and, as such, likely never be done. But, it IS an option to stay true to corporate mantras and avoid negative press.

  • Annas Krisna Bachtiar
    Annas Krisna Bachtiar13 ditë më parë

    i think we're too happy with gas in the late 50 years, that's why we late with energy storage technology. many electric car were made in that year but no good response at all but for now we have a new scientist businessman that can boost energy storage technology until it limit and make a new segment that make big company cant overlook at it. i think we just hit 3 from 10 point in energy storage technology and hopefully no greedy oil businessman involved even though that was impossible

  • Tandem Charge
    Tandem Charge13 ditë më parë

    [Insert the mundane usual African Children mining here without knowing the true complex political scope of the entire thing and downplays it into "Elemtric Vehimcle baaad reeee"]

  • madrx2
    madrx213 ditë më parë

    Electric cars are good for the environment.....yeh right .

  • scottmuck
    scottmuck13 ditë më parë

    The lithium "reserves" shown on the USGS page aren't some stockpile being held back to support the price... it's the estimate of the total (currently know and identified / "proven") lithium available to be mined in those countries.

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  • John Condon
    John Condon14 ditë më parë

    The anode is positive? Crumbs

  • Jab
    Jab15 ditë më parë

    24 years of Lithium supply is nothing. There might as well be no Lithium at all. Lithium batteries aren't a solution.

  • Gostandinos Theodossiou
    Gostandinos Theodossiou15 ditë më parë

    Great more short waves give us all cancer from emf generated motors.

  • Ante Plus
    Ante Plus15 ditë më parë

    WHY are you using mAH as a unit and ignoring the better one watt/hour ....mith using mAh we dont know on what voltage is beeing delivered..can somebody skilled answer me please

  • Sourav Nandi
    Sourav Nandi15 ditë më parë

    Can you make a video on transformers and how they work... Not Micheal Bay's...

  • Jordan Evans
    Jordan Evans15 ditë më parë

    Cathode is negative

  • William Goode
    William Goode15 ditë më parë

    22:00 Why not lead acid batteries, they would scale up and there's going to be masses of lead left over from the legacy cars being crushed, so we could use lead acid for grid storage !

  • William Goode
    William Goode15 ditë më parë

    17:30 Its not pure like lead, so too mixed to recycle

  • William Goode
    William Goode15 ditë më parë

    15:50 Is this thus the Indonesia plant purchase

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    5 ditë më parë


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    Sam Bradley15 ditë më parë

    Comment for algorithm

  • SteveAkaGoatpile
    SteveAkaGoatpile16 ditë më parë

    Grid energy storage is dead simple really. underground Air pressure Storage alone is stupid simple in concept, but no-one seems willing to test or implement it.

  • aresmars2003
    aresmars200316 ditë më parë

    Elon is getting a little chubby, perhaps could benefit by a better sleeping schedule and daily exercise! If he goes to Mars he'll need exercise just to keep his bones from weakening!

  • Darin Herrick
    Darin Herrick16 ditë më parë

    What this is telling me is that the people yelling about Lithium Mining can rest easy. Battery recycling is coming sooner than you think.

  • Kevin Original
    Kevin Original16 ditë më parë

    3:40 Just semantics but you described charging as supplying the opposite voltage to the battery as if you would swap positive and negative or something. Even though the current flow is reversed, the polarity remains the same. Depending on charging or discharging, the voltage would either be higher or lower than the battery voltage, just not negative.

  • john evans
    john evans17 ditë më parë

    Excellent presentation. Thank you.

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