>> Typically, cars end their lives in junkyards being crushed or chopped up for parts. The next generation of Elon Musk's Tesla, though, may be born of the scrap found in such dumps. A Northern California recycling company lists two Tesla executives as officers, a possible sign that the company's commitment to reusing materials may be deeper than the industry thought.
The Tesla duo, chief technology officer, JB Straubel, and head of special projects, Andrew Stevenson, are listed as officers at Redwood Materials. That firm also recently raised $2 million from a single and unidentified investor in April. The reason the relationship sparks interest is that Tesla has been very public about its intent to rethink the way raw materials find their way into its cars, even listing it as a key focus area in a recent presentation.
And this methodology fits into how Elon Musk runs SpaceX, as the company has focused on reusing spent rockets to cut down on costs. While neither Tesla nor Redwood could be immediately reached for comment, the phone number listed on a recent Redwood filing reached the voicemail of Stevenson.