China – Our Lithium-Ion Battery Production Will Exceed Capacity Of 100 Million kWh This Year


A groundbreaking ceremony was held for an automotive battery plant at Xi'an in Shanxi Province, China

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for an automotive battery plant at Xi’an in Shanxi Province, China

According to Shanghai Metals Market website:

“China’s Ministry of Industry & Information Technology released the draft regulation for lithium battery industry for public opinion December 12, and said the finalized regulation will take effect next year.”

Within that draft is this statement:

“…capacity of lithium battery project not be lower than 100 million kwh per year.”

Which translates to China will be manufacturing lithium-ion batteries at a capacity of 100 million kWh or more annually starting this year.

The draft further states:

“…lithium battery cathode and anode material producers should have a capacity of no less than 2,000 tons per year.”

These lithium battery regulations are expected to eliminate China’s insufficient supply of li-ion batteries.

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But remember that most of those li-ion batteries will go into cellphones, laptops, and many other electronics. Even electric shavers use li-ion batteries these days.

What fraction will be used to make EV battery packs?

And most tools, lawnmowers and other yard tools, every ipod on the planet, a huge number of remote control toys and drones.

Given that we already make enough batteries for all those things, I would say the bulk will go towards EVs, which are the new kid on the block. Also keep in mind that 1 EV, such as a Nissan Leaf, has 22kWh. Compare that to an iPhone with only 0.005kWh.

I don’t think you can support that claim, Kdawg. The rising standard of living in China will be sufficient to greatly expand the market for consumer electronics, even without taking into account the rise in India and other nations, or the continually rising global population.

And I hope the day of the 24-or-fewer kWh EV (the Leaf has 24, not 22) will wane very soon. I would guess the Tesla Model ≡ will have about 45 kWh of batteries, and any other long-range EV will need about that much — or more, considering EVs from most other auto makers are not as efficient on a miles-per-kWh basis. I see a claim that Nissan is testing a 48 kWh version of the Leaf:

Will there be a lot of EVs made in China with fewer than 45 kWh? Sure, the low-speed, limited range NEV is a very large part of the EV market in China; large areas of the country are still more-or-less a third world nation. That’s one reason for the apparently vastly inflated estimates for near-future production of “Made in China” EVs, as compared to EVs made in the USA and Europe, based on the number of available kWh of batteries.

Even w/the rise in consumer electronics, they are several orders of magnitude smaller than the amount of Li-ion batteries required for a car.

100 Gwh means around 1.17 million Model 85S.

Or to write with kdawg number for iphones: 1 million Model S 85 and ~3 iphones for every human living (~19 billion iphones)

That is 32 Gigafactories right there.

That’s 100 GWh, and that’s about twice the capacity of the Tesla Gigafactory. A substantial portion of that 100 GWh will be used in EV’s.

Its 3 actually (35 Gigawatt)

Does anyone have a link to the original announcement? I couldn’t find it on the China’s Ministry of Industry & Information Technology website.

This all seems very strange… not just the poor translation.

+1 We don’t talk much about the global battery industry, and 100GWH (or 100mm kwh) is a level of storage far higher than I remember ever being discussed.

Weren’t autos just passing 5 GWH/year, including all those ~1kwh hybrids?

Can we use proper units?

100 Million kWh? What’s next? 100 Thousand Thousand Thousand Watt-Hours?

100 GWh.

My sincere thanks to whoever decided to express that number as “million kilowatts” rather than “gigawatts”. Since I have a rough idea how many kWh a compelling EV needs, that gives me some measure of what it represents.

Contrariwise, “gigawatt” sounds impressive, but it’s a unit of measure too big for human comprehension.

Good grief! That makes as much sense as referring to a 100 gigabyte hard drive as a 100 million kilobyte hard drive, because a “gigabyte” sounds impressive but it’s a unit of measure too big for human comprehension.

Lensman, Time for the “wide angle” 🙂

18650 Li-ion battery is not suitable for big pack. Don’t forget SONY battery callback in 2006. never buy a TESLA

18650 is suitable for large pack. Sony battery recalls had nothing to do with 18650s or Tesla and everything to do with manufacturing quality.

If this is the best argument against Tesla you can come up with then perhaps everyone should buy a Tesla.

I’ll forgive your laughably lame troll attempt, as you’re new here. But Model 3 likely wont use that form factor, anyways…

Yes whatever you do, don’t forget what happened in 2006!

That’s sort of like me saying, “Remember Hiroshima, never buy a Toyota.” Both your’s and my statement aren’t relevant to any issue.

Dude…never buy a Tesla? I would almost like to call your post for slander.