Tesla signs lithium supply agreement with China-based company 

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Tesla signed a lithium supply agreement with a subsidiary of China-based Yahua Group on June 19, 2024. 

Tesla specifically signed a deal with Yahua Lithium Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Yahua Group. According to local media outlets, the agreement states Tesla will purchase lithium carbonate products from Yahua from 2025 to 2027. The two companies have yet to decide the price for the lithium products. 

Yahua also supplies lithium hydroxide to Tesla. The pair have an ongoing contract for lithium hydroxide from 2021 to 2025 worth RMB 5.6 billion. Under the contract, Tesla will receive a lithium hydroxide supply of 301,000 tonnes from 2023 to 2030. 

Tesla’s lithium supply agreement with Yahua will likely support Giga Shanghai production and cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. market. The American automaker has been strengthening its global supply chain to support localized production. In the United States, Tesla teamed up with Piedmont Lithium, which received approval to set up mining operations in North Carolina earlier this year. 

For electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the U.S. market, the source of battery minerals has become essential to qualifying for the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA) EV subsidies, which range from $3,750 to $7,500. The United States has labeled China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and other countries as nations of concern. So, Tesla would not qualify for the IRA’s EV tax credits if it used minerals from China in its batteries. 

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Tesla signs lithium supply agreement with China-based company 
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