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

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

50 Comments

  1. galds koka on September 20, 2022 at 4:11 am

    lokks like a fake money grab what is shown is nothing compared to what is needed plus not a word on how they are recycling, looked like a standard burning which is nothing new and really dirty process all screams fake he is saying the truth but lying about solution

  2. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Lithium is fuel for electric cars

  3. wisanu99 on September 20, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Would this be similar to plastic recycle campaign? Oh we can recycle so use it away! Then years later we discover it just a ploy so that people can buy guilty free thinking it’s all recycle. In reality, it’s very difficult and we are destroying the nature.

  4. Critical Theories on September 20, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Lithium is being found in California’s Salton Sea in great amounts and maybe one of the largest finds in the world.

  5. miketech79 on September 20, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Recycling of batteries isn’t 100% recyclable. In other words there is no way to recycle 1 battery after it is depleted completely and get 1 new battery that is fresh for someone else to use. The used up part of that battery has to come from somewhere. It’s not free!

  6. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Lithium doesn’t belong on earth

    We don’t actually need a single biohazard

  7. Keopele Allgood on September 20, 2022 at 4:21 am

    changing the mind set of the throw away culture! THERE IS NO AWAY!

  8. Peyton Lutz on September 20, 2022 at 4:22 am

    0:33 Forbidden Liquor

  9. Josiah Luscher on September 20, 2022 at 4:22 am

    EV’s biggest problem is CNBS.

  10. Screaming EAGLE on September 20, 2022 at 4:29 am

    Why don’t Tesla put alternators on all the wheel hubs that way the car stays charged when you drive. Because they wouldn’t be able to charge you for any of the resources that they say are creating global warming. The same exact reason they say they are creating electric vehicles to eliminate. Hypocrisy at its finest. Crooks thieves and bums running this country acting like they are saints. I like to call it stealing from the American tax payers from budgets and grants they get to produce these worthless vehicles that still run off of petroleum in the long run.

  11. Vezner on September 20, 2022 at 4:30 am

    This is why I love the free market. When there’s a need, human ingenuity can solve it. This is proof.

  12. Don farlan on September 20, 2022 at 4:31 am

    i dont think capitalism is progress or an expression of progress but rather a form of only freedom for wealth and banking .the people being completley free and secure in themselves is extremely doubthful

  13. Mike Sollows on September 20, 2022 at 4:34 am

    It,s a scam , they cant not reuse the material

  14. DrNobody on September 20, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I’ll pass on having a battery that can fry my entire family into pieces sitting under the car 💀. At least the engine and gas tank don’t sit below the car, y’all do you tho.

  15. Brian Flannigans on September 20, 2022 at 4:35 am

    M.S.D.S sheet

  16. Lorene Austin on September 20, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I’m waiting for the stock to go public. My question is how many times can these batteries be recycled from selling material?

  17. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:36 am

    The testla turbine is awesome turns at over 400 mph
    And compressed air engines have a fridge for an air exhaust

  18. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:37 am

    You can already buy compressed air vehicles from companies like tata and Honda
    Just take the battery out
    And generate electricity with compressed air easy with electrostatic generators

  19. Tazpupper on September 20, 2022 at 4:38 am

    What’s criminal is there is no way of physically separating these materials from one another they have to be smelted which is very environmentally unfriendly. The only technological advancement made in lithium I battery recycling was shredding them without starting a fire.

  20. Cherylee Wilcox on September 20, 2022 at 4:39 am

    Green energy is dirty energy.

  21. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Having a air car with the fridge for an exhaust could reverse global warming massively

  22. Google TV on September 20, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Holy grail solution for energy sustainability

  23. Paul Bearden on September 20, 2022 at 4:44 am

    Due to the nature of atoms and their indestructible almost magical chemical reactions, which are absolutely reliable, recycled lithium is exactly the same quality as mined lithium.

  24. Soyomofo on September 20, 2022 at 4:48 am

    It just means gas combustuion vehicles are here to stay…Yay!

    Those drawers full of electronics will be tomorrow’s dollars for those who still keep them tech drawers full. So unless your going to give me credit (e.g. glass recycle) for what I turn in, it’ll just stay in that drawer drawing interest when there is a shortage. Final note, don’t ship your final products back to china!

    Mining will still continue if you can only produce 95% of a recycled product. As far as recycling bringing down the cost of a widget…fiction! Profits can always be added to and never taken away as that will remove growth. To go one step further, if something can be recycled to 100%, then it really should be free for the customer the next time it’s purchased as you have to factor in from start to finish being 100% recyclable. In the long run everyone profits and not just the unchecked Capitalist companies.

    If I ever have to be Government mandated to buy an EV, then I’d better be getting a rebate to a new EV or battery pack for when my old one is no longer useable. This is the problem with recycling. You ‘mostly’ don’t get a percentage of dollars in return for a item you purchased and paid taxes for. Here comes the reason why if ‘I’ can’t have it…then no one can! (Free Will)

  25. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:48 am

    100 years of gravity powered and air powered machines

    What we should do with lithium is stick it to satalites and get it out of the garden of living things

  26. Eric Enblom on September 20, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Imagine a world where single digit recovery percentages are the norm for the entire waste stream.

  27. atenas80525 on September 20, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Li, Co, and Ni are far more limited than fossil fuels – we will run out of battery materials long before we run out of fossil fuels

  28. AmericaAndAllies on September 20, 2022 at 4:50 am

    A toxic stew and an environmental disaster in the making. As long as you include the word "green" you get a pass.

  29. Peter's Garage on September 20, 2022 at 4:52 am

    I find it funny that a large proportion of lithium is hidden away in cupboards and drawers in people’s houses. We need to encourage people to return these items and feel safe that their data is not going to be compromised. It can work.

  30. DOH Nutz on September 20, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Yet recycling batteries is actually not as pretty nor as easy nor as clean as this segment makes it appear. https://youtu.be/dyDoOcBMAHw

  31. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:54 am

    I’d just leave it at nasas doorstep
    As a outdated technology useful only off world

  32. Darius Moon on September 20, 2022 at 4:54 am

    End of life on such batteries are much too soon.

  33. DOH Nutz on September 20, 2022 at 4:56 am
  34. Joey Rice Fried on September 20, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Awesome!!

  35. Jim Mack on September 20, 2022 at 4:58 am

    biggest problem with lithium batteries, Fire, and not being able to put out the fire…

  36. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 4:58 am

    Gravity powered capacitors

    Gravity is amazing
    I don’t need batteries
    Gravity is a continuous source of energy
    So I don’t need to store it

    What your doing
    Is like living next to a waterfall
    But filling thousands of buckets of water incase we run out of water

  37. Joe on September 20, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Ok but what happens when there’s no more energy in the lithium or something else then what

  38. nashpotato on September 20, 2022 at 5:02 am

    Anyone know any these kind of recycle company and is listed?

  39. gizmo thewytchdoktor on September 20, 2022 at 5:02 am

    an ev’s biggest problem is where it gets it’s charge from at the moment.

  40. Jloop on September 20, 2022 at 5:02 am

    All that big machinery in the recycling plant….what powers it? Lol

  41. atenas80525 on September 20, 2022 at 5:03 am

    If the LI waste was safe, pallets would not have to be stored 8′ apart

  42. ostmana1 on September 20, 2022 at 5:04 am

    Didn’t show how the material separated, maybe a big scam

  43. Matt on September 20, 2022 at 5:05 am

    Stopped watching once they showed one graph and prediction for future production of EV’s. There’s many forcasts and graphs for future productions. What is yours shown based on? What you want? Your story? Your reason for segment? None of the above? Selective information given.

  44. Pepsi Ccola usa on September 20, 2022 at 5:05 am

    I remember when Reagan started recycling

  45. Galvin Stanley on September 20, 2022 at 5:06 am

    Another good thing would be stripping copper,from old wires.

  46. Rich Todaro on September 20, 2022 at 5:06 am

    This didn’t age well

  47. Asif Khan on September 20, 2022 at 5:08 am

    We need more people like him

  48. AmericaAndAllies on September 20, 2022 at 5:08 am

    By the way, consumers ARE throwing the electronics in the trash. Only a small percentage of people invest the time to take the items to an electronics recycling center. Disasters upon disaster without a real plan. Welcome to America!

  49. chris ball on September 20, 2022 at 5:09 am

    OK so you want a mobile battery
    For smaller devices
    I’d use compressed air
    But if heat is present I’d use nitinol heat engine

    Body Heat powered mobile phones
    Is my level of thought

  50. atenas80525 on September 20, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Does anyone else miss the irony of consumerism discards being used for "saving the environment"?

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