Nissan unveils Ariya, its new 100% electric SUV

At a recent online conference, Nissan unveiled the Ariya, its new electric car. With a range of 483 kilometers, it will be sold in 2021 starting at $ 40,000.

Nissan finally returns to the 100% electric vehicle, almost ten years after the Nissan Leaf. In a remote conference, the Japanese automaker presented its new electric SUV, Nissan Ariya. This vehicle will be marketed in Japan in the spring of 2021 and then in North America at the end of 2021. Equipped with two to four-wheel drive, it is armed with an estimated range of 482.8 kilometers and will equipped, under the hood, with a 63 kWh or 87 kWh battery of your choice. With the Ariya, Nissan is betting on discretion and sobriety - a bit like Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, whose name unintentionally evokes. The interior of its cabin is proof: its dashboard is only adorned with two rectangular screens of 12.3 inches each. The vehicle is of course connectable to other mobile devices, tha…

American Tesla wants to source cobalt from Glencore

Congolese cobalt mines are once again in the spotlight. The automaker Tesla is said to be on the verge of reaching an agreement to source from Glencore. The goal is to secure tons of minerals essential to its activity ...

American Tesla wants to source cobalt from Glencore

The American company Tesla wants to buy cobalt from Glencore to supply its new factories in China and Germany. This is what the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, relayed in stride by several international media, whose sources specify that the agreement between the two parties would relate to an annual supply of 6,000 tonnes of cobalt extracted in the DRC.

If the two companies have not yet confirmed the information, it should be noted that the agreement goes in the same direction as the previous ones concluded by Glencore with Samsung SDI (last February) and the Chinese GEM (in October). For the transaction last February, for example, the Swiss giant agreed with Samsung on an annual independent audit of the extraction and production sites to verify the absence of children in the mines.

In a context where end-users of cobalt (vehicle manufacturers and industrial giants) are regularly accused of encouraging child labor in Congolese mines, all transactions are scrutinized.

According to the American Tesla, buying cobalt from Glencore may reflect a desire to control the supply chain and at the same time secure an ore, whose availability is becoming critical.