Tesla bets on recycling EV components in Shanghai

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The US producer of electric vehicles Tesla announced it was moving ahead with using components that may be recycled, Reuters reported. Tesla’s majority shareholder Elon Musk is known for his ambitions to use components that later may be recycled, but at this stage the recycling approach was used mainly in relation to the production of space ships. Now Tesla confirmed it planned to add facilities at its Shanghai factory to repair and reproduce key components such as electric motors and battery cells, a document submitted by Tesla to Shanghai authorities showed.

Tesla, which is making electric Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, is expanding manufacturing capacity of EV components to localise the supply chain. It also added a factory to make EV chargers in Shanghai last year. China, the world's biggest car market, sold over 1.3 million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles last year. China's regulators are adding rules on recycling of key EV components to save materials and protect the environment. The document also said Tesla will add manufacturing capacities for car structures and electric motor controllers. It did not put detailed figures of its manufacturing capacities.

Tesla, which said on its website that materials in a Tesla car's battery are recoverable and recyclable, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla sold more than 35,000 locally-made vehicles last month in China and is exporting China-made cars to Europe.

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