Sunday 22 October 2017

The Switch And Lithium Race: Tesla Strikes Deal With Shanghai To Build Gigafactory In China.

We have a confirmation from Wall Street Journal that Tesla has reached an agreement to set up its own manufacturing plant in Shanghai. A new push for Electrification of Transportation which is happening in China is making this particular timing very important for Tesla: now Tesla seems to be allowed to have its "own" Gigafactory in China, not just JV with a local partner. Transfer of the best EV technology will be the major concern for Elon Musk, but I think that it is really the price to be paid for the access to largest EV and auto markets in the world in China. 

Transfer of technology cannot be prevented anymore. Now Elon Musk has a chance to conquer the very significant part of upper range market for electric cars in China. Tesla's electric cars are the best in their class and now China can become the largest market for Tesla. For China, it is just another piece of the New Energy Plan coming into its place: Lithium supply chains are already under control, Lithium batteries Megafactories are mushrooming all over China and now the best technology for electric cars from Tesla will become available very soon. We are entering the new era of the mass market for electric cars and The Switch when millions of new customers are switching to electric cars becomes a reality.

Lithium is the magic metal at the very heart of this Energy rEVolution. Our starting point for electric cars is just over 1% of total auto sales in the world against only 200,000 tonnes of LCE produced in 2016. International Lithium JVs with Ganfeng Lithium provide an entry point in the vertically integrated lithium business. The dramatic increase in demand for lithium will require accelerated production from all known reserves of lithium and new resources will need to be found and put into production, this being crucial to the Energy rEVolution.


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Wall Street Journal:

Tesla Strikes Deal With Shanghai to Build Factory in China

"Arrangement could enable electric-car maker to slash production costs, but would still likely incur 25% import tariff

Electric-car maker Tesla Inc. has reached an agreement to set up its own manufacturing facility in Shanghai, according to people briefed on the plan, a move that could help it gain traction in China’s fast-growing EV market..."

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