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Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles 2020-2030

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Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles 2020-2030
Published: July 5, 2019 Content info: 145 Slides

"Li-ion batteries for EVs will be a market of over $500bn if certain impediments are overcome."

Electric vehicles and their batteries are becoming a far larger business than most realise. Lithium-ion batteries are the clear winner, with only a few percent of their business threatened by alternatives such as other advanced batteries and supercapacitors even in 2030. To understand that, the whole opportunity from land, water and air to hybrid and pure electric vehicles must be reappraised. Enter the 140+ page IDTechEx report, "Energy Storage for Electric Vehicles 2020-2030" which uses detailed new infograms and graphs to present the full picture in an easily assimilated form.

The largest market for lithium-ion batteries LIB is and will remain electric vehicles, mainly cars, from 2020-2030. In these applications they almost always have the best compromise of performance, cost, weight and size. However, there are surprises revealed when a careful, fact-based analysis is carried out. In 2030, the EV market leaps to over $3 billion but with cars losing share and burgeoning demand for much smaller and much larger battery packs than those used in cars. The report calculates LIB demand if supplies are unconstrained and prices competitive, revealing that current commitments to Gigafactory building are woefully inadequate for meeting this in only a few years from now.

Both the cell and the pack demand are forecasted. Indeed, the detail goes down to 100 types of EV by year and the way engineers are working round the excessive percentage of vehicle cost represented by the battery. One conclusion is that, thanks to energy harvesting on-board, top up charging and other factors, the batteries will drop to only 18% of the ex-factory price of the vehicles in 2030. That is still a huge demand, way in excess of battery manufacturing commitments. Squaring the circle will come from new commitments such as Thailand possibly installing nearly 100GWh of production and sadly setbacks reducing demand. For example, the industry is cutting corners in changing every aspect of the battery while scaling up rapidly and IDTechEx appraises that fires and shutdowns will sometimes result. There are potential shortages of materials and other issues identified in the report because this is sober analysis not evangelism for the industry. For example, IDTechEx argues that cell cost cannot continue to drop sharply as more expensive materials are introduced in the pursuance of higher energy density. Voltage, thermal management and other battery trends are appraised.

The Executive Summary and Conclusions of the report includes ten primary conclusions and forecasts for 11 years of pack number, unit kWh and gross GWh for each of 100 categories of hybrid and pure electric vehicle, land, water and air. It is the only analysis available anywhere in the world with this level of detail. For a quick read, the 13 most important sub-categories for 2030 are summarised and cell and pack cost reduction are predicted. 15 issues and remedies for LIB fires are listed. The Introduction then gives basics, background, problems to be addressed, gigafactory commitments, how currently planned capacity may be apportioned between vehicle and other applications and the situation in China, the largest country market. Trends to greater ruggedness, cost reduction and in some cases less or no battery are explained. Chapter 4 concerns increasing energy density. Chapter 5 addresses supercapacitors as competition and as an enhancer of LIB. Chapter 6 is on the vital matter of LIB safety and Chapter 7 reveals LIB manufacture and its issues.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


  • 1.1. What is an electric vehicle?
  • 1.2. Purpose of this report and overview
  • 1.3. Primary conclusions: markets
  • 1.4. Primary conclusions: technical
  • 1.5. Matching LIB supply and IDTechEx assessment of demand
  • 1.6. Major EV applicational categories compared
  • 1.7. Factors driving success of pure electric cars: LIB implications
    • 1.7.1. Range drives success: larger batteries demanded
    • 1.7.2. Rigged markets boost sales
  • 1.8. Very large LIB: growth market now
  • 1.9. EV market analysis
    • 1.9.1. Largest EV manufacturers hybrid and pure electric and their future
    • 1.9.2. Largest sectors: eventually, e-bus/truck will be a bigger market than e-cars
    • 1.9.3. All cars will be pure electric
    • 1.9.4. Overall, pure electric EVs are by far the largest in number
  • 1.10. Battery market analysis
    • 1.10.1. Size needed
  • 1.11. Forecast graphs for 100 EV categories
    • 1.11.1. 100 EV categories - Number (thousand) 2020-2030
    • 1.11.2. 100 EV categories - Leading sectors average kWh
    • 1.11.3. 100 EV categories - Gross (GWh) 2020-2030
  • 1.12. 100 EV categories: forecasting assumptions, characteristics, leaders
    • 1.12.1. Forecasts for cars vary greatly
  • 1.13. How to get EV cost down
    • 1.13.1. LIB battery pack cost 2005-2030
    • 1.13.2. IDTechEx LIB cell cost forecast by application
    • 1.13.3. Killer blow is lower up-front price as LIB cost reduces
  • 1.14. LIB fires in EVs and road to improvement


  • 2.1. Electric vehicle basics
    • 2.1.1. Overview
    • 2.1.2. How powertrains affect Li-ion battery needs
  • 2.2. EV battery basics
    • 2.2.1. What does 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) look like?
    • 2.2.2. Lithium-ion batteries are a huge success
    • 2.2.3. Advantages of Li-ion batteries
    • 2.2.4. Problems with LIB
  • 2.3. The world is building LIB gigafactories: capacity announcements
    • 2.3.1. Total LIB production announced to 2028 (GWh/year)
    • 2.3.2. EV LIB production announced to 2028: how it may be used
    • 2.3.3. LIB production so far announced 2018-2028 ($ billion/year)
    • 2.3.4. Chinese EV battery value chain
  • 2.4. Impact of subsidy policies on the Li-ion market
  • 2.5. National Plan for xEV battery in China: much better LIB performance demanded
  • 2.6. LIB are part of the trend to far less complexity
  • 2.7. More rugged versions needed now
    • 2.7.1. New markets
  • 2.8. Li-ion battery recycling
  • 2.9. Progress to less and no battery
    • 2.9.1. Business case Nikola fuel cell truck
    • 2.9.2. For the Class 8 trucks will fuel cell or battery win?


  • 3.1. A family tree of batteries - Lithium-based
  • 3.2. LIB chemistries for electric cars
  • 3.3. Commercial battery packaging technologies
  • 3.4. Comparison of commercial battery packaging technologies
  • 3.5. Battery chemistry influence on charge/ discharge
  • 3.6. Useful charts for performance comparison
  • 3.7. Li-ion raw materials in perspective
  • 3.8. Cooling systems for LIBs
  • 3.9. How can LIBs be improved?
    • 3.9.1. Overview
    • 3.9.2. Push and pull factors in Li-ion research
    • 3.9.3. Appraisal of cathode chemistry changes: nickel up cobalt down
    • 3.9.4. Changing too fast?
  • 3.10. Performance goes up, cost goes down
  • 3.11. LIB cost
    • 3.11.1. General Motors' view on battery prices
  • 3.12. Thermal management for LIB for vehicles
    • 3.12.1. Overview
    • 3.12.2. Cooling systems for LIBs
  • 3.13. Trying to catch Tesla: car battery formats and types
  • 3.14. Charging with vehicle moving and energy independence means less battery
  • 3.15. Structural batteries?
  • 3.16. Lack of standardisation in terms of battery packs
  • 3.17. Dry processes for higher energy density


  • 4.1. Energy density in context
  • 4.2. Better batteries with a wider cell voltage
  • 4.3. Greater electrode capacity
  • 4.4. Electrochemically inactive materials reduce energy density


  • 5.1. Supercapacitors and LIB hybrids
  • 5.2. Even better batteries and supercapacitors a real prospect: future W/kg vs Wh/kg
  • 5.3. Supercapacitors in the automotive sector: examples
  • 5.4. Supercapacitors in the on-road automotive sector 2010-2030
  • 5.5. Performance enhancement and multi-purposing
  • 5.6. Supercapacitor buses
  • 5.7. Drayage trucks -LIB in USA or supercapacitor in China?
  • 5.8. Structural supercapacitors ZapGo, Lamborghini, Volvo: can LIB follow?


  • 6.1. Ongoing lithium-ion fires and explosions
  • 6.2. Nissan Leaf, Jaguar I-Pace, Rimac One fires
  • 6.3. Someone fired a bullet into the battery of this Tesla
  • 6.4. Wrong charging: Porsche, Smart
  • 6.5. Hoverboards and scooters
  • 6.6. Next Li-ion failures and production delays due to cutting corners?


  • 7.1. What sets the battery industry apart
  • 7.2. Differences between cell, module, and pack
  • 7.3. EV supply chain - not just electrochemistry
  • 7.4. LIB manufacturing system
  • 7.5. LIB manufacturing system - from cell to module
  • 7.6. LIB manufacturing system - from module to pack
  • 7.7. Battery pilot line and scale-up issues
  • 7.8. The need for a dry room
  • 7.9. Electrode slurry mixing
  • 7.10. Stacking methods
  • 7.11. World leader: CATL China
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