Navigant Research: Automobiles Accounted For 10.5% Of Global Advanced Batteries In 2013


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“The advanced batteries industry saw continued growth in 2013. Demand for batteries as an alternative means to power vehicles, grid management equipment, and devices increased in multiple industries around the world.”

States Navigant Research, who concludes that in 2013, the advanced battery industry “shipped 47.4 GWh of batteries… the majority of which went to consumer electronics.”

In 2013, automobiles accounted for only 10.5% of all lithium-ion battery (out of the 47.4 GWh shipped). Navigant adds that both the automotive and energy storage sectors are growing significantly though.

As for battery chemistries, Navigant states:


“When measured by cell shipments, more than 99% of advanced batteries were made with lithium ion chemistries in 2013. Li-ion continues to be the primary chemistry utilized in consumer electronics, power tool, automotive, medical, and defense applications.”

Though lithium-ion dominates, there are some energy storage applications which are seeing growing use of flow, sodium metal halide, sodium sulfur, and aqueous sodium ion batteries.

Sources: Navigant Research and Green Car Congress

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8 Comments on "Navigant Research: Automobiles Accounted For 10.5% Of Global Advanced Batteries In 2013"

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It would be interesting to know what chemistry dominated the Li segment. LCO (used in Roadster) or NCA (used in Model S) maybe?

Tesla/Panasonic NCA batteries had about 25 % market share in 2013. Nissan had about 22 % market share, but I do not remember what chemistry Nissan LEAF uses. Toyota had 27 % market share of batteries with their hybrids in 2013.

Well this is actually good news!!! Since automobiles are not the dominate driving force behind battery advancement we can expect a lot more research since “other” industries stand to benefit more than the auto industry.

Well . . . not really. The different applications use different battery chemistry mixes. Consumer electronics need energy density but don’t care much about longevity. EVs need longevity.

I think this is good news for the opposite reason. To date, the largest driver of battery advancement has been consumer electronics. As Spec9 points out, they have different requirements than EVs. Well, these are the batteries that are used in today’s EVs; those that were developed in recent years.

Looking forward, as the automotive market establishes itself, my money will be spent on batteries that are targeted at that market. Today, we are developing batteries for the next generation of EVs. Those batteries will likely hit the market around 2017/2018 with the next generation of EVs: Tesla Model III, Leaf 2.0, Volt 2.0, etc.

*more* money will be spent…
(not just mine 😉 )

Wait till 2017 and expect see a lot more of that pie turning blue..

The EV battery demand grows about 40 % annually at least until 2020.