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2016-01-06

7Ė10 Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain Charts



The automotive lithium-ion battery supply chain report is an interesting report that goes a bit deeper into the lithium-ion battery market than we normally dive.
Itís interesting to see here how much of global automotive lithium-ion battery production occurs in Asia, and itís also interesting to see the big green circle over there indicating under-construction manufacturing capacity, but the most interesting thing on the chart is certainly the giant yellow circle, which represented the planned (now under-construction)

There are several interesting things to highlight here. Itís interesting to see how much global demand for automotive and grid lithium-ion batteries is expected to grow, but itís also interesting to see how much more lithium-ion batteries for consumer electronics are expected to grow in demand, which will help to further bring down battery costs ó for all sectors. Naturally, itís interesting to look at this projection for how much the automotive and grid markets are projected to cut into the overall lithium-ion battery market.

This is a shocking one to me. I had no idea there was so much overcapacity in this market. I guess itís good to see (assuming this information is correct) that the capacity for battery production could handle a significant ramping up of demand (though, note that these data come from the beginning of 2014, and demand has increased a great deal since then).

The interesting thing here is that GM indicated it would be getting lithium-ion battery cells from LG Chem for $145/kWh, and itís widely assumed Teslaís battery cells from Panasonic are coming in for a similar or even lower price. Either something is off here, or battery prices have dropped a lot in a couple of years.