Highly-Charged: Electric Cars Drive Battery Market Forwards

Electric vehicles require different energy storage devices to run, and this will fuel the demand for advanced batteries in the future

NEW YORK (GBI Research), 25 May 2012 - Growing consumer demand for economically and environmentally friendly energy storage devices, particularly for the new generation of electric cars, is advancing the technology for rechargeable batteries, according to technology intelligence provider GBI Research.


The new report* examines how decreasing oil and gas reserves across the globe are driving up fossil fuel prices and encouraging customers to shift towards sustainable energy sources. One of the most significant changes within this is the potential switch from petroleum-based vehicles to electric alternatives.

Electric vehicles require different energy storage devices to run, and this will fuel the demand for advanced batteries in the future. The current Electric Vehicles (EV) market mainly consists of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).

Rechargeable batteries held a share of approximately 76% of the total batteries market in 2011, and primarily included include Li-ion batteries, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries, and Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries. Li-ion batteries are currently dominating the energy storage market compared to the other two nickel-based batteries, as they are the most modern technology in the market, offering higher energy density and better performance than other battery types. NiCd batteries are swiftly being phased out completely, as they offer only half the capacity of NiMH batteries for the same weight or volume, and only one-fourth that of Li-ion batteries, giving the NiCd battery a poor price-performance ratio.

The Asia-Pacific region has historically been the market leader in the Li-ion batteries market, with China, Korea and Japan being the major producers. Asia-Pacific is expected to remain the market leader with a share of 53% in 2020, due to the growing consumption pattern for batteries. However, North America's batteries market is expected to grow at a higher growth rate compared to Asia-Pacific over the forecast period, from a 9% share of the global Li-ion batteries market in 2011 to a 29% share by 2020.

As a result of these factors, GBI Research expect the global advanced batteries market to grow from $16.7 billion in 2011 to $56.2 billion in 2020 at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.4%.

*Advanced Batteries Market to 2020 - Demand for Electric Vehicles to Drive Growth, Asia Pacific to Remain the Major Producer

This report gives an in-depth analysis of the two major types of advanced batteries, including lithium-ion batteries and nickel-based batteries. It gives the revenue figures from 2005-2020 for the two technologies, their applications and regional market revenue for Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America for both lithium-ion and nickel- based batteries. It also details international regulations for advanced batteries. The report provides an analysis of the global advanced batteries market and technology, and also examines the latest advancements in the technology, as well as the global advanced batteries market drivers and restraints. It covers advanced grid market competitive analysis and major deals analysis for the past year, and also provides international regulations and supply chain for the advanced batteries market.

This report was built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research, and in-house analysis conducted by GBI Research's team of industry experts.

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