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Tesla confirms battery deal with Australia

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Electric car giant recalls 6,000 cars in the United States, and confirms purchase of battery material from Australia for $1 billion a year

Tesla is issuing a recall for about 6,000 cars in the United States over concerns about potentially loose brake caliper bolts.

The recall covers certain 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles and 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles, Reuters reported.

Its filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that there are no reports of accidents or injuries due to the issue and that it will inspect and tighten or replace caliper bolts as needed.

Tesla’s Model Y. image credit: tesla

brake bolt

Tesla reportedly said that loose caliper bolts could allow the brake caliper to detach and contact the wheel rim, causing a loss of tire pressure in “very rare circumstances.”

The world’s most valuable carmaker said that in the “probable event” that a loose or missing fastener causes vehicle damage, it will arrange to tow it to the nearest service center for repair.

It comes after Tesla in December was made aware of a field incident involving a 2021 Model Y vehicle with a missing fastener on the driver-side rear brake caliper.

The company has since taken measures to prevent the bolts from loosening in the assembly process.

This isn’t the first Tesla recall.

In February the NHTSA officially Tesla told to recall about 135,000 Model S and Model X vehicles on security issues.

That recall centered around the faulty touchscreen display, which on the surface may not sound like a security issue at all. But at Tesla, the touchscreen display controls almost all of the vehicle’s functionality, from adjusting heating or cooling to folding down the wing mirrors.

And NHTSA was clear that there is a potential safety issue here in relation to incidents of media control unit failures resulting in loss of rearview cameras and other safety-related vehicle functions.

Loss of a touchscreen can also affect the windshield defogging and defrosting system.

battery mineral

Meanwhile in a separate development, Reuters also reported Tesla has confirmed that it will spend more than $1 billion a year on battery raw materials from Australia, thanks to that country’s reliable mining industry and responsible production practices.

It should be remembered that Elon Musk in July 2020 Mining community urged to produce more nickelThe demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing continuously.

But now Tesla is working on trying to source more raw materials for the battery after Tesla President Robin Denholm confirmed the annual Australian purchase.

“We expect our spending on Australian minerals to increase to more than $1 billion a year over the next few years,” Denholm reportedly said at an event with the Minerals Council of Australia.

Tesla already sources three-quarters of its lithium feedstock and more than a third of its nickel from Australia, Denham said, without specifying a dollar figure.

“Australian mining companies have a good reputation, great expertise, professionalism and are preferred by manufacturers who are concerned about meeting both today and future ESG requirements,” she reportedly said in Canberra.

The comments are in line with an ongoing new policy by US President Joe Biden’s administration to rely on allies for bulk supplies of metals needed to manufacture electric vehicles.

Australia, along with Canada and Brazil, are among the countries expected to benefit.

last September Tesla reportedly in talks with Canadian mining company Giga Metals About to develop a large mine to provide access to a ready supply of nickel and cobalt for electric vehicle batteries.

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