Electric Vehicles, Batteries, & Chargers Seeing Rapid Growth

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Originally published on EVANNEX.

Once considered an inconsequential niche in the automotive market, electric vehicles are becoming more widespread. And it’s not just all the new plug-in options available today — EV batteries and charging stations are also proliferating around the globe. To that end, some tell-tale charts (recently published via Statista) demonstrate the trajectory of the electric vehicle movement and who might be best positioned to win the EV race in the coming years.

A look at a Tesla Model 3 in the wild (CleanTechnica: Kyle Field)

Statista reports, “For many years, drivers thinking about switching to an electric car have had very limited choices … in recent years, however, with the growing acceptance of electric cars, more and more manufacturers decided to enter the EV market.” That said, “Tesla, one of the very early movers in the market, is still the best-selling EV brand in the United States.”

To power these electric cars, battery production needs to increase at a rapid rate. Deutsche Welle reports, “The future of Europe’s carmakers depends on reliable supplies of cheap lithium-ion cells … [and] at least seven big new ‘Gigafactory’-scale battery pack production plants are planned for Europe.” While European automakers mull over plans, Tesla has leapfrogged the industry with its Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. As a result, Tesla’s partner Panasonic maintains the lion’s share (see below) of the market for lithium-ion batteries.

Electric vehicle charging points, another key signifier, also show substantial growth over the past decade. Statista reports, “Tesla Model X and S cars have become increasingly common on U.S. roads, as have a multitude of other electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. [In turn] the number of outlets has also grown as the technology has matured with 47,000 of them now scattered across the country, including 6,270 fast charging outlets.”

To put this into perspective, InsideEVs notes, “The number of charging points in the U.S. increased in 2017 by about 17.5% … which is more than 100 times [what it was] back in 2008.” However, the future looks to be DC fast charging outlets. And in the U.S., the fastest growth of charging points in this category comes from Tesla’s Superchargers (45%) versus CHAdeMO (30%) and CCS (23%). [Editor’s note: That concerns fast charging, whereas Tesla’s Superchargers offer superfast charging, which is significantly more helpful than fast charging.]

CleanTechnica addendum:

To better understand the EV market, the needs of consumers, and trends in the EV charging industry, you can check out two of our most recent EV reports:

The State of Public & Private Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, And The Landscape Looking Forward

Electric Car Drivers: Desires, Demands & Who They Are

In these reports, we dive into EV market trends in the United States and Europe, exploring consumer patterns, technological innovations, and what it seems the industry most needs. Among other things, the reports rely on original surveys and interviews conducted by CleanTechnica.

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Matt Pressman

Matt is all about Tesla. He’s a TSLA investor, and he loves driving the family's Model 3, Model S, and Model X company cars. As co-founder of EVANNEX, a family business specializing in aftermarket Tesla accessories, he’s served as a contributor/editor of Electric Vehicle University (EVU) and the Owning Model S and Getting Ready for Model 3 books. He writes daily about Tesla and you can follow his work on the EVANNEX blog.

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