Europe's Coming Gigafactory Boom
Apr 6, 2018 Zak Derler courtesy Climate Home News
Laying the foundations for Daimler’s second battery factory in Kamenz,
Germany (Chancellor.de Merkel shown)
By 2020, at least seven new gigawatt-size battery factories are scheduled to
start operating in Europe, writes Zak Derler of Climate Home News. European
companies, such as car manufacturer Daimler, invest in their own
regionally-based gigafactories to meet the battery demand for electric
vehicles in the continent and the world.
The race to electrify Europe is on.
By 2020 at least seven new gigawatt-size battery factories are scheduled to
start operating on the continent, with another three developments rumoured.
Within a decade, these facilities will be churning out 80 GWh a year. More
than three times the 2017 global production capacity of lithium-ion
batteries for electric vehicles.
Of the five leading global manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, three
are planning, or have begun building, gigafactories in Europe: LG, Samsung
and the Tesla/Panasonic partnership
‘Gigafactories’, a term coined in the US by Elon Musk’s Tesla, produce
batteries on the scale of more than 1GWh per year. Until this year, Europe
had no factories of that size.
But with demand for electric vehicles on the continent predicted to surge
(Dutch bank, ING, predicts that all new vehicle sales in Europe will be
electric by 2035), a new battery infrastructure is coming for Europe.
Of the five leading global manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, three are
planning, or have begun building, gigafactories in Europe: LG, Samsung and
the Tesla/Panasonic partnership.
Meeting the demand
The push from these established US, Japanese and South Korean players has
prompted a number of European companies to invest in the construction of
their own regionally-based gigafactories.
Car manufacturer Daimler has two planned facilities in its home country of
Germany. Daimler is also working on plants in the US, China and Thailand.
“The local production of batteries is an important success factor for
the electric offensive of Mercedes-Benz cars”
A spokesperson for the company, which owns Mercedes-Benz, told Climate Home
News the company would be investing more than €1 billion in a global battery
“The local production of batteries is an important success factor for the
electric offensive of Mercedes-Benz Cars and decisive for flexibly and
efficiently meeting the global demand for electric vehicles. The production
network is thus very well positioned for the mobility of the future,” she
European start-ups have caught on to the EV business opportunity. Swedish
company Northvolt plans to spend $4.7bn on a Nordic plant and Germany’s
TerraE has announced two plants at undisclosed locations in Germany.
This article first appeared on Climate Home News [
] and is republished here under this website’s Creative Commons licence. The
original article contains an interactive map where you can see the storage
facilities ... (Northvolt's $4.7bn battery plant has plans to be online by
2023 / Northvolt)
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