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  • yomattus yomattus Jun 5, 2014 4:41 PM Flag

    Will There Be Enough Batteries In The World For Electric Cars?

    As demand for electric cars grows, supply of batteries must grow to meet it.

    That much is obvious. But just how much is battery demand expected to grow by over the coming years?

    According to an Electric Vehicle Batteries report by Navigant Research, existing capacity for lithium-ion battery production will grow tenfold by 2020.

    Fine, so far

    Last year, worldwide capacity for automotive lithium-ion batteries stood at 4,400 megawatt-hours.

    Supply has been comfortable--a Nissan and NEC joint venture in Japan, AESC, has already supplied cells for 115,000 electric Leafs running around on the world's roads. And last year, nearly 100,000 plug-in cars hit U.S. roads alone. That's a lot of batteries.

    But growth in demand for full battery-electric vehicles--which use larger battery packs than plug-in hybrids or regular hybrid vehicles, and will therefore lead demand--will require significant growth in production.

    By 2020, production capacity could climb to over 49,000 megawatt-hours--ten times that of 2013's figure.

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