In June, Tesla released its 2019 Impact Report, which outlines its commitment to responsibly sourcing the materials used in its battery cells. In the report, Tesla stated that it would not be willing to obtain materials from mines and entities who were using immoral mining practices, including child labor. Through due diligence practices, Tesla can source its materials from companies that abide by the automaker’s wishes. It appears that other car manufacturers are adopting the same techniques as the Elon Musk-headed company.
Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will begin sourcing cobalt and lithium from mining sites certified in practicing moral mining techniques. While EVs are zero-emissions vehicles, the entire supply chain must follow the lead as much as possible to confirm the product is as eco-friendly as possible.
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