Tesla Looking to Source Low Carbon Nickel from Canada’s Giga Metals

Citing sources familiar with the matter, a report by Reuters is claiming that Tesla is in talks with Canadian miner Giga Metals about sourcing low carbon nickel for use in its batteries (via Tesla North). The electric car maker wants a sustainable option for mining nickel while reducing waste significantly.


Earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk had told Canadian mining companies, “Tesla will give you a giant contract for a long period of time if you mine nickel efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way.”

Used to store energy in batteries, nickel is expected to see a surge in demand over the coming years as governments, companies, and consumers seek to reduce pollution from driving fossil-fuelled vehicles.

Giga Metals’ low carbon nickel plans include turning waste from its mining operations into cement type rock using carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and using hydropower. 

Giga Metals’ President Martin Vydra declined to comment on any talks with Tesla, but said: “Giga is actively engaged, and has been for some time, with automakers regarding our ability to produce carbon neutral nickel.

“The cost of developing our project, excluding bringing hydroelectric power to the site, will be less than $1 billion.”

Giga Metals’ Turnagain mine in British Columbia has resources of 2.36 million tonnes of nickel and 141,000 tonnes of cobalt.