Continental Eyes Entry Into Battery Production

FEB 8 2018 BY MARK KANE 12


Continental is entering the electric vehicle battery business, most likely through a consortium in order to better share the start-up cost of €3 billion ($3.5 billion USD) for the first plant to be set up in Europe.

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However Continental isn’t interested in current lithium-ion cells, but rather next generation solid-state batteries.

The German automotive supplier imagines that cell production could begin in 2024 or 2025 in Europe (yes, we just sighed at this point ourselves), a region which doesn’t have its own manufacturer to compete with Japanese, South Korean or Chinese companies.

The facility, said to have a cell production capacity strong enough for 500,000 battery packs (of undetermined size) will not be built in Germany, as the costs there are apparently too high (and why LG Chem and Samsung SDI decided respectively for Poland and Hungary).  Part of the cost may be picked up by the European Union.

Continental Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart said:

“We could well imagine getting into the production of innovative batteries. That also goes for producing battery cells.”

“We need a technology leap in energy density and costs. Such solid-state cells can manage without liquid electrolyte and so are far less flammable.”

In the later stages, the consortium sees itself expanding to North America and Asia, having three battery plants in operation to cover demand for all its customers around the world.

Source: Reuters

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Battery diameter will be measured in inches, the width will be measured in millimeters. The overall Hightower will be determined by an aspect ratio.


I think he was trying to be funny… and failing.

I laughed…

They are quite clear they aim for next gen technology and sit the current one out. So there is zero point in building batteries any sooner than 2024-2025 or whenever Solid State is ready for mass market.
So calm your tits with the “ZOMG we need every company in the world to drop what they’re doing and start producing yesterdays batteries now!”
Meanwhile Continental is very much involved in moving the transportationworld towards electric. Pick your bad guys. There are plenty.

Then where are those same companies that claim they will produce cars in 2018, 2019 and 2020 going to get their batteries?

Ahem. Where did Continental announce their intention to build cars in those years? Do post your source.

That’s not Continentals problem really. The likes of BMW, VW etc will get them from LG and Samsung and you are right, there will not be enough batteries for all the cars carmakers are promising us. I have a feeling they don’t mind too much.

LG, Samsung, Panasonic, CATL, BYD etc.

We don’t know if solid state is the future. It’s a hype job at the moment.

Nobody is producing them even at $10,000/kWh right now for valuable aerospace, medical, and defense applications. There’s probably many issues with reliability and performance right now.

Then once those issues are solved, they’ll have a hell of a time catching liquid electrolyte batteries in price. There’s a multibillion-dollar market even at $1000/kWh for superbatteries in smartphones, and we’re counting on them to get down to $100/kWh for mass-market EVs?

Finally, liquid-electrolyte batteries will keep improving. They have their own high-density, low-cost moonshot in lithium-sulfur (lots of research progress last year), and advancements in electrode technology is also improving established chemistries.

I doubt we see them as the main battery type in EVs for a decade.

“The German automotive supplier imagines that cell production could begin in 2024 or 2025 in Europe (yes, we just sighed at this point ourselves)…”

This doesn’t seem to match the first sentence in the article: “Continental is entering the electric vehicle battery business…”

No, they’re just thinking about entering the market, but only if they can commercialize solid state batteries.

Does anyone really start building a factory 6-7 years before they plan to start production? Makes no sense; it only takes about 2 years to build a factory and fine-tune it for mass production.

All in all, looks like this is a nothing-burger.

A non-announcement.