LG Chem lithium-ion battery cell

LG Chem lithium-ion battery cell

There is growing number of plug-in electric cars on the market in the U.S. We begin the year 2016 with over 25 models (full list of EVs and their respective sales in the US can be found here).

But the competition in the actual lithium-ion batteries inside them is limited to just few major players like Panasonic (with its subsidiary Sanyo) and LG Chem on the forefront. Significant position is also held by AESC (Nissan / NEC), and Samsung SDI.

Japanese/South Korean competition sets the development trail for the newer plug-ins, from upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV, through Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV) to Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Lithium Energy Japan - Mitsubishi / GS Yuasa), Tesla Model X and Model III (key role of Panasonic) and some new Nissan LEAF or Audi e-tron quattro SUV in the future.

It's interesting to imagine the future, where there will be a few lithium-ion battery makers that  will control 90% of the automotive market.

Plug-in electric cars offered in the U.S. and lithium-ion battery suppliers for handy reference:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Sanyo (Panasonic)
BMW 330e Samsung SDI
BMW i3 Samsung SDI
BMW i3 REx Samsung SDI
BMW i8 Samsung SDI
BMW X5 xDrive40e Samsung SDI
Cadillac  ELR (2016) LG Chem
Chevrolet Spark EV LG Chem (originally A123 Systems)
Chevrolet Volt (2017) LG Chem
Fiat 500e SB LiMotive (Samsung SDI / Bosch)
Ford C-Max Energi Sanyo (Panasonic)
Ford Focus Electric LG Chem
Ford Fusion Energi (2017) LG Chem
Honda Accord PHV Blue Energy (Honda / GS Yuasa)
Hyundai Sonata PHEV LG Chem
Kia Soul EV (-e) SK Innovation
Mercedes B-Class ED Panasonic (Tesla packs)
Mercedes S550e A123 Systems (or maybe SK Innovation now)
Mitsubishi  i-MiEV Lithium Energy Japan (Mitsubishi / GS Yuasa)
Nissan LEAF (24 kWh, 30 kWh) AESC (Nissan / NEC)
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Sanyo (Panasonic)
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Sanyo (Panasonic)
smart fortwo ED Daimler (Li-Tec / Deutsche ACCUmotive, LG Chem in the future)
Tesla Model S Panasonic
Tesla Model X Panasonic
Toyota Prius PHV Panasonic
Volkswagen e-Golf (SE) Panasonic
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine LG Chem