Demand by e-Car Makers Like Tesla Has No Impact on E-Bike Battery Prices
ASCHAFFENBURG, Germany – An (again) important theme at this year’s Battery Forum, which was held end of February, was the availability of battery cells. The world production stands currently at 80 billion cells. However, when viewing a campaign by a large German car manufacturer it shows that they need around 200 billion cells for their output of e-cars by 2020! And that number is not even taking others into account like Tesla.
The German annual battery conference ‘Battery Forum’, which took place end of February, once again underlined the dominance of the country’s automotive industry. This was expressed in a peculiar manner. When asked about the number of e-vehicles on the road in Germany, it was answered promptly: ‘60,000’. But to the logical question: “What about electric bikes then”, the answer was “e-bikes don’t count!”.
Cell prices do not decline
Despite a hugely increasing demand by not only the car industry, it was evidenced at the Battery Forum that cell prices are not expected to drop. One of the factors for that is the TerraE project; the German partnership that is to set-up cell production in Germany on a huge scale.
Production is to start next year with the first cells to become available. It was said at the Forum that the know-how needed for that large scale production process including managing a consistent quality, is present in Europe.