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New lithium-based battery likely to be included in production vehicles before 2024

A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for automotive applications, with market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by vehicle type and region, through 2024.

Global automotive manufacturers continue to push forward vehicles that utilize electric drivetrains, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). With this push comes an increased need for onboard energy storage, and Li-ion battery chemistries are becoming the storage method of choice for many automakers. The global market for Li-ion batteries for light-duty vehicles is expected to total $221 billion from 2015 to 2024.

“Projected sales of BEVs with Li-ion batteries are driving this segment of the battery market,” says William Tokash, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “BEVs require a larger battery, and approximately 75 percent of the Li-ion batteries in the automotive space are expected to be found in BEVs in the near term.”

In addition to battery maker efforts to refine existing Li-ion battery chemistries, new or alternative chemistries—including lithium-air, lithium sulfur, and solid-state lithium—are also being pursued, according to the report. A significant advancement in one or more of these chemistries could prove disruptive to the industry; however, the extensive testing needed to bring a new chemistry into a production vehicle makes it unlikely this would occur before 2020.

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