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Tesla Gigafactory Seeks North American Raw Materials To Cut Pollution

Tesla Gigafactory Seeks North American Raw Materials To Cut Pollution

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Tesla Motors – Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Tesla Motors – Model S lithium-ion battery pack

There is no such thing as a truly green car.

All cars require raw materials and energy to produce, use energy during their time as transport, and require energy to recycle–the components that can be recycled, at least.

To mitigate such pollution issues and increase supply chain transparency, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has announced it will source raw battery materials from North America only, when it opens its $5 billion battery gigafactory.

Batteries are the subject of much environmental debate, requiring large quantities of assorted metals and minerals in their manufacture.

These are often mined, produced and transported at great expense and energy–leaving behind a large and dubious pollution footprint as they do so.

The plight of China has brought such issues to attention recently, where government regulations have closed several graphite-producing plants amid pollution
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