Tesla has been in talks with Glencore for a stake in the Swiss commodities giant, a sign of how global automakers are trying to forge relationships with the mining industry to secure materials needed for electric vehicle adoption.

Preliminary talks for the electric car and battery maker to buy 10 to 20 percent of Glencore from Elon Musk began last year, according to two people familiar with the matter.

They continued in March this year when Glencore boss Gary Nagle…

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