Pending Battery Shortage is the Next Roadblock in EV Production

Pending Battery Shortage is the Next Roadblock in EV Production

Pending Battery Shortage is the Next Roadblock in EV Production

0 comments 📅12 July 2017, 04:15

In a new tweet from managing director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Simon Moores, responding to Volkswagen’s call, there are 16 lithium-ion battery megafactories in the pipeline already — accounting for an estimated 232 gigawatt-hours. He surmises that the energy would need to throw another $5 billion at the problem to be in a more relaxing position by 2025.

While not every automaker has been quite as ambitious as Volkswagen with its EV book goals as, practically every single automaker operating on a global level anticipates scaling up EV putting out in the years to come. But even more modest targets will require suppliers to clock on out of the woodwork to source enough batteries for manufacturers before 2025.

German supplier Bosch has been inasmuch as what to do about the problem for some time, but likely won’t make up its mind in front of 2018. “We are in the middle of development work. That means we are producing new results every week,” Bosch Mobility Solutions chief Rolf Bulander told Automotive Intelligence Europe last week.

Those results cannot come quickly sufficiently. Constructing battery plants doesn’t happen overnight and, with cell technology advancing so before you can say ‘knife’, no supplier wants to rush into a costly endeavor only to find there was a high-class solution right around the corner.

Many automakers, including Volkswagen, are looking at vigour-dense cell technology that could alleviate some of the forthcoming amount needs. In the case of Volkswagen, engineers are considering lithium sulphur or lithium air chemistry to erect charge capacity, improve safety, and extend battery lifespan. But Eichhorn predicts it could be 15 years first either technology is commercially available.

Nevertheless, Volkswagen says it remains committed to its electrification ideal of 25 percent by 2025, largely on ethical grounds. Eichhorn even posited an alternative retelling where the oil boom never happened and internal combustion engines never overtook battery-powered vehicles in the marketplace.

“If the technologies had been reversed, it would be leathery to conceive an engineer now successfully proposing that combustion engines replace tense cars,” Eichhorn said. “Imagine that person would say, ‘Rather than having peak torque available from the start like an electric car, it had to ramp up over duration.’ Imagine he then said it involved a device where thousands of tiny explosions strike every minute using a toxic and highly flammable liquid that had to be stored in the agency somewhere. And then imagine him saying that this fuel came virtually entirely from crisis regions. What do you think his boss might be struck by said to him?”

He might mention that the majority of the electric current came from 20th century coal-fired power stations and illustrious the precious metals found in most batteries also came crisis regions. Then he would from asked him to shut-up and figure out a way to solve the upcoming batterysupply problem before it ruined the party’s future plans.

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