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84 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE be difficult to source. To partially mitigate this, Tesla founded a new company named Red- wood Materials for the recycling of post-con- sumer electronics waste and the recovery of usable materials. Straubel closed with a quote attributed to Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani: "The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil!" S&T the supporting infra- structure? Straubel drew an analogy with the cell- phone network. Electric cars needed a network of charging stations stra- tegically placed to opti- mise their range and provide a fast-charge facility. None existed, so Tesla decided to do it for themselves, beginning in California in 2012, and expanding rapidly in the U.S. and subsequently in Europe and Asia. And how do they sup- port the demand for batteries as the produc- tion of electric vehicles grew? Straubel made it clear that they so far represented less than 0.4% of the global motor industry. But Tesla predicted that even by 2020, there would be a requirement for 50 GW hours-worth of battery capacity. Once more, they took the initiative to build their own bat- tery factory called the Tesla Gigafactory with a high level of being environmentally conscious, knowing that certain essential materials might

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