Dear Tesla Community,
I am new here and I am still waiting for my own Tesla delivery.
First of all- apologies if a similar topic/question has risen before, I couldn't find a "search function" on the forum.
I get a lot of criticism for buying an EV, in fact much more than any assurances or compliments.
Of course I did some research and if somebody is willing to have a fruitful discussion I have a good set of arguments.
However, there is one topic I don't have any profound knowledge of and that would be Tesla´s or Panasonic´s source
What I can find online is that most of the world's cobalt supply comes from DRC and apparently it is very often being
mined under highly questionable methods involving child labour and inhumane working conditions.
I admit that so far I have nothing to hold up against these claims and it would be quite disappointing if nobody at Tesla
would address this issue or even pay attention. I know Mr. Musk announced he wants cobalt out of his batteries but
apparently science is years away from such a breakthrough if at all...
Personally, I think Tesla should pay much more attention on their image as a company that promotes sustainability!
I am convinced EV´s are the right move but it would be a big set back to find out that nobody cares where the required
materials come from.
So, does anybody know where Tesla and Panasonic obtain their cobalt from and do they assure a "clean" supply chain?
Any information is highly appreciated!