As a rule, such data is usually kept secret, but Tesla revealed the suppliers of metals (nickel, cobalt, and platinum) for the traction batteries of its electric cars. In the rather extensive list of 12 companies, there was not a single one from Russia.
But there are a lot of companies from China, they supply all three metals. Back on March 30, rumors surfaced that Tesla and Vale of Brazil had signed a secret contract to supply nickel. Now, after Tesla made the list of suppliers public, Vale has confirmed a contract with Ilon Musk’s company to supply grade one nickel from its production facility in Canada.
Tesla has an extensive base of metal suppliers for a reason – it acts as a kind of insurance against possible supply disruptions of key components, without which production could come to a halt.