Is Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) Actually Associated With Graphene?

Tesla Motors Graphene BatteryI have noticed that every few months there are new articles that mention “Tesla Motors” and “Graphene.” And yet by the end of these articles I am still confused as to what stake Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) truly has in the graphene industry…or rather what stake graphene currently has in Tesla’s success. Maybe I am not good at reading comprehension. But I also suspect that many of these articles are simply trying to grab our attention, especially those written by biased (not independent) graphene websites. All I knew is that Tesla might be using graphene (graphite?) in a battery, but I did not know a whole lot more.

In this article I describe what meaningful association (if any) that I found between Tesla Motors and graphene. Is Tesla Motors even a graphene stock? First I searched for mentions of graphene directly from Tesla Motors Inc. via press releases, technical documentation, patent filings, blog posts and financial reports. I was unable to find any

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An Analysis of The List of Graphene Companies by Sector, Country and Public vs. Private

I recently read an article from which extrapolated data on global graphene manufacturing by country and manufacturing type. The data showed that the majority of graphene companies were based out of the United States with China in second.

Additionally their research showed that of the 76 graphene companies in their sample, 72% employed top down graphene production. Top down production is manufacturing graphene by means of graphite exfoliation. The leading alternative is the CVD or chemical vapor method which entails growing graphene on a layer of copper or silicon dioxide substrate.  Their research methodology is not completely known as sources of data were not provided.

This got me wondering, what does’s List of Graphene Companies show? The list currently contains 152 companies. Here are the results:

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High Performance Bicycle Tires Enhanced With Graphene are Better, Faster and Stronger

vittoria graphene g+ tiresHigh performance bicycle tire manufacturer Vittoria has recently added two additional graphene enhanced tires to their product lineup. The company calls their graphene tire line technology G+:

What is G+?
It is “the material of the future” to cycling products. It is a nano-technology material that will help produce faster, stronger, lighter, and more resistant wheels and tires.

What are the benefits of G+ in carbon wheel applications?
The addition of this nano-technology material results in a faster, stronger, more resilient carbon-composite material. Qurano and Race tubular wheels have graphene-enhanced full-carbon rims that far outperform today’s best. This is the future of race wheels.

Graphene-enhanced composites have 10~30% improved material properties. Tests carried out by Vittoria R&D engineers, confirmed by external laboratories, found that introducing graphene into the rim’s carbon-fiber matrix has a great positive impact:

G+ reduces temperature build-up 
G+ increases spoke-hole strength measurably
G+ significantly improves lateral stiffness 
G+ has strong potential for a future product weight reduction

* G+ is the registered trademark of our technology partner Directa Plus Ltd.”

On Wednesday during the Interbike Press Preview, the Vittoria team enthusiastically shared the news about the new graphene tires. Some of the major benefits of the graphene tire is reduced rolling resistance and weight, with an improvement in durability. The reported reduction in rolling resistance is 32 seconds over 50km along with a marked improvement in grip.

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Haydale (LON:HAYD) Signs Commercialisation Agreement with Huntsman Advanced Materials

Haydale Graphene (LON:HAYD) has signed letter of intent with Huntsman Advanced Materials. This may be the initial stage needed to commercialize the company’s proprietary graphene technology. On the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, Haydale graphene stock rose about 5%, now trading at 152.5.

The goal will be to create unique graphene products by utilizing Haydale’s graphene tech with Huntsman’s ARALDITE resin and adhesive products. The process will begin with a graphene incorporated ‘master batch’ which will be used for research and development and testing.

Graphene has many potential uses in different composite and additive applications, the “miracle material” is very thin and lightweight while still retaining impressive strength. The 2D material can be applied as a conductor, heat-exchanger or for added strength and rigidity.

Haydale’s graphene technology utilizes plasma reactors to apply the material for functional uses in other mediums which can lead to enhanced composite materials. These enhanced materials can mean additional benefits over and above a graphene on its own.

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Versarien (LON:VRS) Granted North American Patent for High Quality Graphene Production Process

logoVersarien (LON:VRS) a proprietary tech company has announced that it has been granted US patent protection (No. 14/002399 (2014/0044968) for its very own graphene production process. That patent is in partnership with the University of Ulster. This is in addition to its existing patent protection for the volume graphene platelet production process that is held in Europe.  The acquisition of the North American patent is in line with Versarien’s opinion on North America becoming a key graphene marketplace.

The company reports that that their proprietary method of graphene production, has multiple advantages over the standard graphene production methods. Versarien claims that their method could help them to attain the sought after graphene goal, to allow accelerated commercialization of products containing graphene.

“We are delighted to have secured a patent in the largest of the global markets which will allow us to accelerate the development of commercial applications for graphene and graphene products,” said chief executive Neill Ricketts.

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