BYD Races To Triple Battery Production

APR 1 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

BYD Qin

BYD Qin

According to an Automotive News article, BYD is on track to establish 34 GWh of annual battery production capacity before 2020.

This, of course, reminds us of the 35 GWh Gigafactory planned by Tesla, which is one of the points made in the article.

BYD closed the year 2014 with about 4 GWh of production and expects that in next three years it will add roughly 6 GWh every year. The plan for the end of 2015 is 10 GWh.

Matthew Jurjevich, a spokesman of BYD’s U.S. unit said:

“We have demonstrated that BYD is capable of adding 6 GWh every year with strong market demand.”

Interesting is that besides China, BYD is looking at Brazil and maybe even the US for production in the future:

BYD's Electric Bus and Battery Assembly Plant in Sao Paulo Brazil near the City of Campinas opening in 2015

BYD’s Electric Bus and Battery Assembly Plant in Sao Paulo Brazil near the City of Campinas scheduled for 2015

“Most of BYD’s production is in China, but the company is opening a major new factory in Brazil this year that will contribute meaningfully to output next year, Jurjevich said.”

In 2015, in the US alone, BYD expects to deploy 70 MWh:

“BYD plans to deploy 70 megawatt hours of projects in that market in the United States this year, and has another 130 MWh of projects in its U.S. pipeline.

It has already deployed 40 MWh of projects in North America with customers including Chevron Corp and Duke Energy Corp.”

4-10 GWh (or 4,000-10,000 MWh), is a lot of batteries.

For the sake of comparison, almost 15,000 BYD Qin with 13 kWh pack each, needed a total 192 MWh. 3,560 e6 needed well over 200 MWh assuming over 60 kWh packs. In total, BYD’s plug-in cars needed about 400 MWh. There are also other products like electric buses (at 1,000 a year need 300-400 MWh), electric forklifts, conventional hybrid cars and energy storage systems. To utilize 10,000 MWh (equivalent of about 750,000 Qin packs) BYD would need to expand electric vehicle sales first.

source: Automotive News

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“We have demonstrated that BYD is capable of adding 6 GWh every year with strong market demand.””””

ROTFL

rather demonstrated that he fails basic math, and have no idea that 4 is smaller then 6 😛

Nitpicking. If you wanted do contract a battery manufacturer for a 6GWh plant would you choose someone that’s built a 4GWh plant or someone that built a 10MWH plant?

“To utilize 10,000 MWh (equivalent of about 750,000 Qin packs) BYD would need to expand electric vehicle sales first.”

I disagree.

Even if we exclude (still uncertain) home power storage units, we have plenty of car makers promising mass market electric cars out there in 2016/17/18.

Those CAN NOT build them without batteries.

And there are more car makers then there are large scale batteries producers.

Even if kWh per KGs goes up, we will still need bigger batteries supply stream.

(10 to 20 times bigger IF EVs capture 10-20% of car market with 200+ miles models!!!)

Actually I assumed ~1% current market share of any-EVs.

Since its smaller then that, its “more then 20 times bigger” 🙂

Busses. Busses. And more busses.

First EV makers, now battery manufacturers, are racing to follow where Tesla is leading.

Go Tesla! Keep pushing the EV revolution forward. Nobody else is!

I just don’t see them doing well in the BEV market with lithium iron phosphate batteries. Buses and hybrids seem to work fine.

Lewis @ Custom Fittings

There’s going to be a lot of money in battery tech within the next couple of decades. Expansion now is going to be the key to having some sort of foothold in the market.