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Electric Vehicle Battery and Charging Technologies


The market for Electric Vehicles (EVs) has seen increasing growth over the past decade; however, for the market to continue its forward momentum, EV battery technology will need to continue to improve. Simultaneously, improvements and increasing availability of EV charging infrastructure will further help the appeal of EVs.

The need for better batteries in electric vehicles is being pushed by consumers requirements of cheaper costs, longer ranges and faster charging times. This report will examine which battery technologies OEMs should adopt over the course of the next 10 years, in order to meet these KPIs, as well as outlining the more promising long-term battery technologies, including solid-state technology and lithium-silicon batteries, analyzing the impact that these will have on the next generation of BEVs. Companies covered in this section include battery technology developers 24M and Enevate.

Charging infrastructure meanwhile poses a unique problem for national grid operators, energy suppliers and even automotive OEMs. Suitable charging infrastructure is clearly a key requirement for the success of electric vehicles, however with increasing charging power and increasing prevalence of charging points, the electricity grid will become increasingly stressed. This report will examine how the future role of transformative technologies such as V2G and smart energy management and wireless charging, detailing work from Nuvve, WiTricity and others, can help manage the increasing use of electric vehicles as well as provide new business opportunities for charging platform operators and energy suppliers.

The infrastructure section of this report also addresses the electric vehicle market’s elephant in the room – the limited market potential for energy retail with electric vehicles. Over the next decade, the market for selling energy for use in electric vehicles will reach US$6 Billion globally per year. This report will examine how grid services such as smart charging, V2G and other technologies such as wireless charging can help utilities address the shortfall in the inevitable transition from ICEs to EVs.