Battery battle: Europe approaches China in volume of production of batteries for electric cars – News – Hybrids and Electric

The race towards the introduction of electric cars as a popular means of transport poses multiple challenges, ranging from the well-known autonomy with a full charge, to the charging infrastructure, through the purchase price, to the production of batteries. And on the latter, Bloomberg has recently ruled with a report that shows Striking Findings Regarding Battery Production in Europe.

And it is that the projection of battery factories on European soil that is being considered at the moment can make By the end of this decade, Europe is sharply closer to the undisputed leader in the field so far, China, with an American market that is lagging behind as the other two advance by leaps and bounds.

The support from the governments of each country where they intend to develop each of these battery factories for electric cars, however, is once again key. The European Commission knows about it, and so Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission, has commented, who is also in charge of supervising any initiative related to the production of batteries.

Sefcovic said: “We are creating a new industry in Europe; we are creating a completely new ecosystem, and the investments are coming for real.” And it is that the European president estimates that since 2019 more than 60,000 million euros have been spent on development and production of battery technology, which triples the amount allocated in China for these same purposes.

Skoda worker in the production of electric batteries.

Skoda operator working batteries.

In this evolution of battery production, the presence of Germany stands out especially, with a fund of 2,600 million euros, in addition to a key geographical location, has managed to attract the production of batteries from companies such as Tesla, CATL, LG Chem y ACC. To this must be added, still, the future of other consortia of German origin such as the Volkswagen Group and Daimler, the latter, remember, is in charge of its own batteries.

All of the above, adding to a less pronounced evolution of China and the passivity of the United States in terms of policies in favor of electric mobility, will make, according to Bloomerg, by 2030 Europe will take more than a third of the total volume of production of batteries for electric cars.

With this premise, each country fights so that the production of batteries for its existing vehicle factories remains within its borders, enabling a supply and manufacturing chain that begins and ends within its limits. France, Italy and the United Kingdom also want their share of the pie, especially the last one, which wants to take a slice of its advance according to the rest in terms of the veto on the sale of combustion cars, planned for 2030.

Meanwhile, in regards to Spain, all attention is focused on the future of the SEAT factory in Martorell and a potential new battery factory in its surroundings to supply the manufacture of the future small electric cars of the Volkswagen Group, since the German consortium intends for the bulk of the volume of cars manufactured to leave the facilities of the Spanish company.

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