The International Energy Agency just released a blockbuster report on electric vehicles. Steve noted some interesting facts regarding charging networks unveiled by the report. James highlighted on EV Obsession that EVs are the only key decarbonizing technology that is on pace to keep global warming under 2ºC. And we’ll soon repost a great summary article from Carbon Brief on the report. But there’s one more interesting highlight EV Annex pulled out of it.
This highlight is one that I’ve been focusing on for presentations I’ve given around the world (India, Canada, US, Germany … and for the people from dozens or >100 countries around the world who read CleanTechnica): Tesla leads the industry in driving down the cost of EV batteries.
From the report: “Key point • The development of battery energy density and cost over the past decade gives encouraging signs on the possibility to meet targets defined by carmakers and the United States Department of Energy.”
Notably, though, and as I always point out when discussing Tesla’s battery leadership, LG Chem is very close to it, and the Chevy Bolt is one car that is clearly set to benefit from that.
This tags onto (or leads into) another chart I was planning to share and write about. CleanTechnica reader “Ed” shared this interesting chart on Monday (regarding Li-ion batteries for consumer electronics):
And followed up with this one:
Clearly, from the IEA report, energy density keeps improving at a good pace, and cost is dropping at a great clip.
For more on the topic, we’ve covered it in the past here: