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'Lithium ion batteries should be called nickel-graphite'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and chief technical officer JB Straubel have attempted to play down the role of lithium in a lithium ion battery by suggesting they should be called nickel-graphite cells, but inadvertently could have given themselves further supply headaches by shining the spot light on more critical raw materials the EV manufacturer will need.

'Lithium ion batteries should be called nickel-graphite' 'Lithium ion batteries should be called nickel-graphite' 'Lithium ion batteries should be called nickel-graphite' 'Lithium ion batteries should be called nickel-graphite' 'Lithium ion batteries should be called nickel-graphite'

Elon Musk stands with a Tesla electric car. Photo: Maurizio Pesce

In a shareholder Q&A last week, Musk diverted it onto two other key battery raw materials of nickel and graphite in an attempt to allay fears that there will not be enough lithium for an

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