Lithium ion (Li-ion) is the battery chemistry of choice in the electric vehicles (EV) market as it is well positioned with regards to performance and safety. Consequently, robust opportunities exist for Li-ion battery chemicals and materials makers across the globe. Post 2020, next-generation battery chemicals and materials for EV applications will come to the fore, reducing the prominence of Li-ion in the market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Analysis of the Electric Vehicles Lithium-ion Batteries Chemicals and Materials Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $381.9 million in 2013 and estimates this to rocket up to $7600 million in 2020. The study covers cathode active materials, anode active materials, electrolyte mixtures, separators, and binders.
"Revenues will grow at a rapid rate as greater confidence in electric power trains, new legally binding fuel standards, and advances in Li-ion battery technology encourage original equipment manufacturers to produce more vehicles using power trains with different degrees of electrification," said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials & Food Consulting Analyst Camilo Castańeda. "To increase their revenue share, market participants can look at joint ventures and acquisitions that will speed up the development of Li-ion chemistries and provide a broader range of materials that combine high performance with low costs."
Offering Li-ion battery chemicals and materials at affordable rates will be particularly important as the stiff cost of Li-ion batteries is currently the biggest challenge in the global EV market. Once this is achieved, and the production of Li-ion batteries is scaled up, less expensive EVs that perform well though not comparable to vehicles that run on petrol can be developed.
Li-ion chemicals and materials makers will also have to deal with the negative effect of mixed consumer perceptions of EVs. While some consumers associate EVs with positive qualities such as environmental friendliness and innovativeness, many regard EVs as inconvenient owing to their poor battery life span, driving range, and charging infrastructure.
"Even the largest companies developing Li-ion battery chemicals and materials for EV applications need extensive technical expertise to tap market potential," noted Castańeda. "A sustained focus on boosting technical capabilities to meet the requirements for a wide range of EV will thus be a crucial ingredient to market success."
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