U.S. Waives Tariffs on Japanese Aluminum for Tesla Battery Cells
【Summary】The U.S. Commerce Department has agreed to Tesla Inc’s request to waive 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum from Japan used in the manufacture of battery cells at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, government documents show.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has agreed to Tesla Inc's request to waive 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum from Japan used in the manufacture of battery cells at Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory, government documents show.
The Palo Alto, California-based company made the request in documents posted in April and said the aluminum is produced by Nippon Light Metal Co Ltd and was seeking a tariff exclusion for 10,000 tons annually.
The Commerce Department said in a document dated June 5 and posted on a government website in recent days that the aluminum "is not produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality." The waiver is good for one year.
The battery cells are assembled into packs which are the energy source for the Tesla Model 3 vehicle as well as energy storage products, Tesla said in its request. "Tesla is the only U.S. manufacturer of these battery types and planned production of these batteries will increase exponentially over the next few years," the company's request said.
Tesla's exclusion request specified several different width and thickness for aluminum sheets. Tesla said U.S. manufacturers cannot "meet the alloy composition or thickness requirements. Domestic producers also cannot meet the annual volume requirement."
No objections were filed to Tesla's request.
Tesla previously sought other tariff exemptions from the U.S. Trade Representative's Office for Chinese-made parts, including the Model 3 car computer and the Autopilot "brain" that were rejected.
General Motors Issues Recall for 69,000 Chevy Bolt EVs Due to Battery Fire Risk
Toyota Debuts its New Driver Companion & AI Virtual Assistant That's Powered By Google Cloud
Volvo Cars to Take Full Control of its Chinese Business From Automaker Geely as it Explores a Possible IPO
FAW-Volkswagen Begins Deliveries of the Electric ID.6 CROZZ SUV in China
Electric Truck Maker Rivian Delays Deliveries of the R1T Pickup Until September
Toyota Acquires HD Mapping & Data Company CARMERA in its Push to Be a Leader in Autonomous Driving Tech
Volvo Cars to Take a Bigger Stake in Electric-Performance Brand Polestar
China's Tesla Challenger NIO Inc. Plans to Have 4,000 EV Battery Swapping Stations Online by 2025
- Audi and its Partners Demonstrate C-V2X Connected Vehicle Technology to Increase Safety Around School Buses
- Ride-Hailing Company Lyft Sells its Self-driving Unit to Toyota’s Woven Planet Holdings for $550 Million
- Tesla Challenger Xpeng Inc. Aims to Raise $1.8 Billion with its Hong Kong IPO
- Volvo’s Concept Recharge is a Blueprint For the Brand’s EV Future
- Ford’s Electric Mach-E Takes First Place in the Inaugural ‘Electric Vehicle of the Year Award’
- BMW iVentures Invests in Silicon Valley-based Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Robotics
- Nissan-backed Autonomous Driving Startup WeRide Raises ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in its Latest Funding Round
- Former Chinese Minister Says the Country Should Develop a Unified Smart Vehicle OS
- BMW’s New X5 Plug-in Hybrid Will Ride on Sustainable Tires Made From FSC-Certified Natural Rubber & Rayon
- GM’s Autonomous Driving Unit Cruise to Tap $5 Billion Credit Line to Mass Produce the Origin Autonomous Shuttle