Duke University recently released a new study shows that
Duke University to carry out the study of globalization, governance and competitiveness of the research center pointed out, when the hybrid car appears, Japan by virtue of the Toyota Prius leading the United States about 10 years. But Prius uses nickel metal hydride battery, the vast majority of the next generation of hybrid and pure electric vehicles will use lithium-ion batteries, and suitable for vehicles using of lithium-ion battery has not yet been fully developed, commercialization and mass production. Marcy Lowe, the lead author of the report said, despite a professor of the Texas University to help develop lithium-ion battery technology in the 1980s, but now almost all mobile phone and notebook computer lithium-ion batteries are manufactured in Asia. The report pointed out that, mainly due to the economic stimulus funds, the lithium-ion battery supply chain has over 119 locations in 27 states. According to the United States announced capacity expansion plans, 2015 will have a 40% share of the global automotive lithium-ion battery production capacity. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act 2009 of funds make U.S. battery industry leap and bound development. From only two battery assembly plants to 30 planned sites, all play a key role in the entire battery value chain, Including materials, parts and components, battery production and assembly. Lowe pointed out the advantage of the United States includes advanced research and development capabilities, the car manufacturing industry as well as government support policies. The industry forecasts that the United States will occupy the largest share of the production of electric vehicles in the near future. U.S. work hard to promote the university's research strengths, accelerating new technologies to market. Duke University research team pointed out that the emerging industry still faces fierce competition from Asia, which needs to further improve several aspects of the production capacity of domestic battery, including the production of the cathode and the anode. Competed with low-cost Asian manufacturing, it needs to reduce costs through advanced automated production. Liked other new industry, it is difficult to know exactly when the electric car battery market will take off, which makes it difficult to grasp the timing of capacity expansion, Lowe thanks that global battery seems to be playing a 'wait and see' game.