Australia Is Key to Averting EV Battery Crisis, Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm Says

von Eva Fox Juli 19, 2022

Australia Is Key to Averting EV Battery Crisis, Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm Says

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Australia is key to averting an electric vehicle battery crisis, Tesla Chair says. Robyn Denholm believes the country needs more processing and manufacturing capacity to help the world meet the growing demand for batteries.

Tesla chair, Robyn Denholm, spoke at the Australian Clean Energy Summit in Sydney, where she talked about the company and the electric vehicle market in general. She said that Australia, as a lithium powerhouse, needs more refining and manufacturing capacity to help the world meet the growing demand for batteries.

Denholm said Tesla alone will need more than 3 terabyte-hours of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage by 2030, so ramping up production and processing is critical. By comparison, the industry's current global capacity is about 1 terabyte.

“I can't think of a technology that's more important than lithium-ion batteries right now.

“To meet the challenge of climate change this entire industry needs to scale at sprinting pace.”

Denholm said that Australia has huge mineral reserves, but it accounts for only 7% of refined lithium supplies. The country can do more to use its advantages to develop the production of special materials, batteries, and electric vehicles. “Australia has the minerals—not just lithium—and also the know-how and many of the skills to capture the opportunity of this new energy era,” she said.

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