Ongoing momentum in the battery cell market
Current market developments show that Europe is likely to achieve the ambitious goal of supplying around 30% of the global demand for battery cells from German and European production by 2030. The European automotive industry can plan for battery cells from domestic production in the future.
Registrations of electrically driven vehicles increase significantly – despite contrary market development In 2020, the European sales volume of electric vehicles increased significantly. As a result, the number of Chinese new registrations was surpassed for the first time. In the European Union (EU), 144% more battery-electric vehicles and 266% more plug-in hybrids were newly registered in the passenger car (M1) vehicle class in 2020 than in the previous year. However, new registrations of electrified vehicles also increased in the segments light commercial vehicles (LCV; N1) and buses (M2/3) by 38% and 9% respectively.
Total vehicle sales in Europe in 2020 fell considerably compared with the previous year, partly due to the Covid crisis. Due to the simultaneous significant increase in electrically powered vehicles, their market share has more than tripled compared to the previous year for passenger cars, almost doubled for LCV and increased by almost 50% for buses (see Figure below). This rapid increase in vehicle sales led to an equally sharp rise in demand for battery cells. According to an extrapolation based on new registrations in the EU in 2020, demand has risen to around 35 GWh, an increase of 121% year-on-year.