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Analysis of over 140 Lithium-based Rechargeable Battery Manufacturers: Chemistry, Strategy, Success

This report concerns lithium-based rechargeable batteries. Predominantly, they are lithium-ion but we also cover alternatives usually with no intercalation and using lithium metal. All serious analysts predict that these will be responsible for the majority of expenditure on rechargeable batteries over the coming decade, notably in the lithium-ion form. It is therefore important for those making, designing in and using such batteries to understand the variations emerging and their potential for success or failure. Unfortunately, even comprehensive listings of manufacturers and intending manufacturers are hard to find. This report clarifies the situation, revealing the product chemistry, strategy and electric vehicle success of manufacturers and intending manufacturers.

The lithium-ion "Li-ion" battery business (most of the batteries covered in this report) is growing very rapidly to many tens of billions of dollars yearly, thanks to billions of dollars continuing to be invested in the industry. Their use is widening well beyond e-readers, tablets, laptops and mobile phones with vehicles being particularly important for the future, mainly hybrid electric and pure electric vehicles by land, water and air. However, everything about Li-ion is changing, including all electrode and electrolyte chemistry and morphology, so keeping up with the what, why and when is essential. Many niche and volume opportunities are opening up for all in the value chain.

Rechargeable batteries are replacing single-use batteries. Think of what has happened with cameras. They are essential in newly successful products such as hybrid buses, Mars landers, automatic underwater vehicles and silent electric aircraft. Demand has entered the fast growth phase.

For the first time, we analyse over 140 manufacturers and putative manufacturers across the world concentrating on the chemistry and format of their batteries, EV sales success (where that is a chosen focus) and strategy in a detailed table, with separate explanation and easy-to-understand pie charts of analysis. Lucid, easily read text gives problems, opportunities and view of the future globally.

Table of Contents


  • 1.1. Electric vehicle market forecasts 2014-2025
  • 1.2. Global electricity storage market for renewables
  • 1.3. Lithium-ion traction battery cost forecasts
  • 1.4. What needs to be improved?
    • 1.4.1. Wearable electronics problems
    • 1.4.2. Mobile phone/Internet of People problems
    • 1.4.3. Internet of Things and other network problems
  • 1.5. Cells - modules - battery packs
  • 1.6. Tesla's Battery Coup - Winners and Losers
  • 1.7. Toshiba LTO battery for UK 2MW energy storage system
  • 1.8. A123 Venture Technologies collaboration with MIT start-up SolidEnergy
  • 1.9. Structural components are the future
  • 1.10. Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance
  • 1.11. Nano-sized silicon oxide electrode for lithium ion batteries


  • 2.1. Lithium-ion or something else?
  • 2.2. Lessons from geographical spread
  • 2.2. Top EV battery suppliers
  • 2.3. Lessons from market positioning
  • 2.4. Cathode chemistry
    • 2.4.1. Can NMC cathodes improve a great deal?
  • 2.5. Anode chemistry
    • 2.5.1. Charging portable electronics in ten minutes
  • 2.6. Solid or gel polymer or glassy inorganic electrolyte and choice of chemistry
  • 2.7. Choice of electrolyte chemistry
  • 2.8. Containment cases
  • 2.9. Near perfect batteries are supercapacitors
  • 2.10. Where will we be in ten years' time with lithium-based rechargeable batteries?
  • 2.11. Supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries are now one business




  • 1.1. IDTechEx forecasts for number millions of electric vehicles and therefore battery packs including for hybrids sold by year globally 2014-2025
  • 1.2. Comparison of the price, performance, safety compromise of lithium-ion traction battery packs
  • 2.1. Nomenclature for lithium-based rechargeable batteries
  • 2.2. 142 manufacturers and putative manufacturers of lithium-based rechargeable batteries with country, cathode and anode chemistry, electrolyte morphology, case type, applicational priorities and customer relationships, if any, in sel


  • 1.1. IDTechEx forecasts for number millions of electric vehicles and therefore battery packs including for hybrids sold by year globally 2014-2025
  • 1.2. Comparison of cells, modules and battery packs.
  • 1.3. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) images of the raw SiO (a), plasma sprayed (PS-PVD) powder with CH4 addition (C/Si = 1) (b) and its higher magnification.
  • 1.4. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images of the PS-PVD Si core and SiOx shell composites processed (a) without and (b) with 1.1 slm methane (CH4) gas addition. The CH4 promotes the reduction of SiO and decreases the
  • 2.1. Top electric vehicle lithium-ion battery suppliers in 2014 by MWh
  • 2.2. Planar Energy roadmap
  • 2.3. Number of manufacturers making or preparing to make lithium-ion vs other types of lithium-based battery % rounded
  • 2.4. Manufacturers of lithium-based rechargeable batteries by country % rounded
  • 2.5. Priority applicational sectors for lithium-based rechargeable battery manufacturers, some having more than one priority
  • 2.6. Examples of winners in niche and volume sales of lithium-ion batteries by market sector and positioning
  • 2.7. The cathode chemistry chosen by 142 manufacturers of lithium based batteries, some choosing several options
  • 2.8. The anode chemistry chosen by 142 manufacturers of lithium based batteries, some choosing several options
  • 2.9. Polymer, glassy inorganic and liquid electrolyte choice between 142 manufacturers of lithium-based batteries
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