Global Lithium-Ion Battery Planned Capacity Grows 4% In A Single Month — Charts!

Date: Apr 01, 2019

Another month passes, another 43 GWh of battery factory capacity is brought into the planning pipeline for production in 2023, adding over 4% to the global total, in just a single month (50% annualized growth).

Planned annual output by 2023 will soon cross 1,000 GWh of capacity, with over two-thirds of it in China. That’s enough to supply annual production of over 13 million EVs in China alone.

Keeping month-by-month score for total additional plans announced, February’s Lithium Ion Megafactory Assessment from Benchmark Minerals records substantial increases to the pipeline for battery production capacity. The planned annual production capacity being brought online by 2023 rose from January’s score of 922 GWh, to 964 GWh by the end of February. That’s over 4% additional planned capacity arriving over the course of a single month.

At this rate, sometime in the next couple of months, the planned 2023 production capacity will likely cross 1,000 GWh. That’s equivalent to meeting the annual production needs for 20 million EVs with an average battery size of 50 kWh each.

The announcements of more battery Gigafactories will not stop there. We’ve recently seen that the timeline from initial planning of a large-scale facility to production output can be remarkably short, with Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory going from provisional announcement (mid 2018) and site confirmation (late 2018) to initial production (planned for Q3 2019) in around a year. Although battery cells (and packs) will not be made onsite this year, they will be in the longer term. The point is that — with a possible timeline as low as 2–3 years to go from planning to potential cell output — more battery factory production capacity can potentially yet be brought online for output by 2022 or 2023, especially in China.

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