Lithium ion battery production TAKES OFF! Global planned capacity up 4% JUST LAST MONTH

  • Published on April 2nd, 2019

Another month passes, another 43 GWh of battery factory capacity is brought into the planning pipeline for production in 2023, adding over 4% to the global total, in just a single month (50% annualized growth). Planned annual output by 2023 will soon cross 1,000 GWh of capacity, with over two-thirds of it in China. That’s enough to supply annual production of over 13 million EVs in China alone.

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Middle Kingdom frontrunners CATL and BYD stand alongside Tesla in knowing how to roll out battery factory facilities relatively quickly, and there are a large number of smaller players jumping into the battery production space also.

The growth in battery production will enable even more EVs to be produced in China, and I’ve recently predicted that EV market share in the country is on track to reach 50% by 2025. Let’s have a look at the latest graph for what will be possible in 2023–2028 (we assume average pack size of 50 kWh across all BEV/PHEV classes):

As we stand today, the planned battery capacity in China will enable annual production of over 13 million EVs by 2023, 16.5 million by 2025, and 21 million by 2028. As mentioned above, it’s almost inevitable that planned capacity will increase further between now and these dates, not just in China, but globally.

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has very comprehensive regular monthly global assessments (of battery capacity, lithium supply and pricing, and many other key areas of the battery supply chain), of great value for any business working in this area. They are kind enough to pass me press copies of their reports so that I can share their headline findings with our readers.

Will we see the 1,000 GWh planned global-capacity-by-2023 milestone crossed before the summer? Jump in and let us know in the comments.

(Originally appeared at our sister-site, Cleantechnica.)

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