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Global Top 10 EV Battery Manufacturers [2023]

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

Also known as a “traction battery,” an electric vehicle battery (EVB) is used to supply power to the electric motor of a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or hybrid electric vehicle (HEV).

 

The heart of an EV is the battery. As lithium has a very high energy density and can withstand charging and discharging well, mostly lithium-ion batteries are used in EVs.

 

In fact, “star mineral,” “white gold,” and “21st century oil” were the nicknames given to lithium since it was first used for manufacturing batteries.

 

In the words of Elon Musk:

“In an electric future, batteries are as essential to transport as oil is today.”

 

Who makes batteries that keep EVs running? Keep reading to learn more about the world’s leading EV battery manufacturers.

 

Table of Contents

Global Top 10 EV Battery Manufacturers

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL)

LG Energy Solution Ltd.

BYD Co., Ltd.

Panasonic

SK Innovation Co., Ltd.

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

China Aviation Lithium Battery Co., Ltd. (CALB)

Guoxuan High-tech Power Energy Co., Ltd.

Sunwoda Electronic Co., Ltd.

Farasis Energy

Blackridge Research & Consulting – Global Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Market Report

Wrapping Up

 

Global Top 10 EV Battery Manufacturers

 

Here are the world’s leading EV battery manufacturers (based on the EV lithium-ion battery production capacity):

 

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL)

Founded: 2011

Location: Ningde, Fujian, China

 

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) is a Chinese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for EVs and energy storage systems and battery management systems.

 

According to the company, CATL has been “ranked No. 1 globally in EV battery consumption volume for five consecutive years.”

 

Headquartered in Ningde, Fujian, the company has 5 R&D centers and 13 production bases at various global locations.

 

CATL provides solutions for passenger vehicles, commercial applications, energy storage systems, and battery recycling.

 

CATL’s small and light high-power cells are tailored for hybrid EVs and provide key benefits, such as:

  • High fuel-economizing rate (as high as 80%)
  • Instant strong power
  • Small body with high energy density
  • Ultra-long service life

 

In addition, CATL’s electric private vehicle solutions are known for fast-charging technology, impressive system energy density, and ultra-long driving mileage.

 

Apart from launching its cutting-edge “Qilin” batteries in 2022, the world’s largest EV battery maker launched its EVOGO battery swap services in Hefei, Anhui.

 

LG Energy Solution Ltd.

Founded: 2020

Location: Seoul, South Korea

 

LG Energy Solution Ltd. was founded in 2020 because LG Chem’s battery business officially became a separate company to address the growing demand from global automotive manufacturers.

 

The company has production bases in China, Korea, Poland, and the USA, with a business portfolio that includes:

  • Advanced Automotive Battery (cells, modules, BMS, and pack products for EV batteries)
  • Mobility & IT Battery (high-capacity, high-power, and ultra-slim batteries for IT devices and LEVs)
  • ESS Battery (High-energy and high-output ESS battery products for power grids, UPS, and commercial and residential applications)

 

LG Energy Solution’s major fields of research include battery materials, lithium-ion cylindrical and polymer batteries, PEV and PHEV batteries, and ESS batteries for grids and residential applications. With 30 years of R&D experience, the company has evolved into an ideal partner for global automakers to execute projects across the world.

 

BYD Co., Ltd.

Founded: 1995

Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

 

BYD Co., Ltd. (“BYD” is an abbreviation of “Build Your Dreams”) was founded by Chinese chemist Wang Chuanfu and is one of China’s largest privately owned enterprises with several subsidiaries.

 

Over the years, BYD has evolved into a leading technology company with more than 30 industrial parks across 6 continents and an industry leader in automotives, electronics, renewable energy, and rail transit.

 

As a globally leading producer of rechargeable batteries, including lithium-ion batteries, NCM batteries, and NiMH batteries, BYD owns the entire supply chain layout—from mineral battery cells to battery packs.

 

BYD’s batteries are ideal for a variety of uses, such as consumer electronics, energy storage, and new energy vehicles. The company launched the “Blade Battery” to mitigate battery safety concerns in electric vehicles like electric cars.

 

BYD’s Blade Battery successfully passed a nail penetration test. Moreover, its optimized battery pack structure increases the battery pack space by over 50%.

 

In addition, the robust chemistry and universal design of BYD’s cobalt-free LFP batteries (lithium iron phosphate batteries) make them suitable for use in a wide range of temperatures and areas worldwide.

 

Panasonic

Founded: 1918

Location: Kadoma, Osaka, Japan

 

Founded in 1918 by Japanese industrialist Kōnosuke Matsushita, Panasonic Corporation (formerly known as “Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.) is a globally recognized Japanese conglomerate with company operations organized into various “domain companies,” including appliances, automotive, and industrial solutions.

 

For instance, Panasonic Automotive is a leading Li-ion battery supplier in the global market for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-electric vehicles with 40+ years of battery leadership.

 

The company also designs, engineers, and manufactures complete battery systems. It is known for its advanced lithium-ion battery technology that provides the benefits of lower costs, as well as improved energy density and driving range.

 

Furthermore, Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery cell producers with a vision of a clean energy society by producing the “world’s safest, highest quality, and lowest cost batteries.”

 

Apart from the company’s facility in Sparks, Nevada, a new facility in De Soto, Kansas, will produce cylindrical Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles to expand production capacity in North America and advance the EV industry in the U.S.

 

SK Innovation Co., Ltd.

Founded: 2007

Location: Seoul, South Korea

 

SK Innovation Co., Ltd. is an energy and chemical company with eight subsidiaries, including SK on Co., Ltd., which has a successful track record of developing a high-energy density EV battery and mass-producing batteries like the NCM66 battery.

 

SK on’s business portfolio includes:

  • Electric Vehicle Battery (provides various batteries depending on vehicle type through a global battery supply network)

 

The company uses high-nickel technology (nickel is a critical mineral of EV battery chemistry) and extensive manufacturing experience to supply batteries for EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs. Additionally, the local production process and supply network enable the collection of stable raw materials and an efficient supply of battery products.

 

  • ESS (a full range of batteries, including cells, modules, racks, and optimized battery management systems)

 

  • BaaS (Battery-as-a-Service includes services for the entire battery life-cycle)

 

In addition, SK on’s partnerships with key automobile OEMs and proprietary lithium extraction technology are furthering the company’s goal of building a BaaS ecosystem through battery rentals, recharging, reuse, and recycling.

 

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

Founded: 1970

Location: Yongin-si, South Korea

 

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. is a South Korean battery and electronic materials manufacturer with a global network of production, R&D, and sales and is credited with releasing the world’s first flexible (bendable and rollable) battery.

 

The company has consistently gained a significant market share in the small-sized battery market since starting the lithium-ion rechargeable battery business in 2000.

 

Samsung SDI’s Li-ion battery cells are available in cylindrical, prismatic, and polymer types and provide various advantages, such as:

  • Enhanced product quality and safety
  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Longer battery life
  • Maximized ignition performance
  • No emission during operation
  • Smaller volume and weight

 

Samsung SDI makes small-sized Li-ion battery cells and battery packs for the following:

 

IT Devices

  • Laptops
  • Mobile phones
  • Power banks
  • Tablets
  • Wearable devices

 

Power Devices

  • Garden tools
  • Power tools
  • Vacuum cleaners

 

Trans Devices

  • E-bikes
  • E-scooters
  • Ignition

 

China Aviation Lithium Battery Co., Ltd. (CALB)

Founded: 2007

Location: Luoyang, Henan, China

 

China Aviation Lithium Battery Co., Ltd. (CALB) is a global leader in new energy technology. CALB provides complete product solutions (cells and modules) and full life-cycle management for the following:

  • Passenger vehicle market (includes a wide variety of electric vehicles)
  • Commercial vehicle market (includes logistics vehicles, pure electric buses, slag trucks, and tractors)
  • Energy storage market (includes prestigious projects like the State Grid Kunshan Energy Storage Power Station, which is the world’s largest grid-side lithium battery energy storage project)
  • Special application market (includes airport service cars, electric forklifts, trackless rubber tire vehicles, and sightseeing boats)

 

Furthermore, the CALB simulation field supports the complete development process—from product conceptual design to delivery through the following simulations:

 

Safety reliability simulation (includes an assessment for battery capacity fade and Li-plating window analysis)

 

Electrochemistry simulation (includes cell performance evaluation and cell design optimization)

 

Structural mechanics simulation (includes structural strength analysis and swelling strength analysis)

 

Thermal management simulation (includes thermal distribution and propagation)

 

Guoxuan High-tech Power Energy Co., Ltd.

Founded: 2006

Location: Hefei, Anhui, China

 

Guoxuan High-tech Power Energy Co., Ltd. (also known as “Hefei Gotion Power Energy Co., Ltd.” and “Gotion High-Tech”) is a leading Chinese lithium-ion battery maker with a sizeable lithum-ion battery cell manufacturing footprint.

 

The company has a subsidiary in Fremont, California, United States, and various R&D centers worldwide. It also has an Industrial Technology Research Institute with comprehensive inspection and testing capabilities for batteries, battery systems, and power battery materials.

 

The company’s product portfolio includes:

  • Battery management systems
  • Energy storage batteries
  • Lithium iron phosphate materials and batteries
  • Power battery packs
  • Ternary batteries

 

Gotion High-Tech provides battery products for the following:

  • Passenger cars (iEV6EL accessory product battery pack and BAIC EC180 supporting product battery pack)
  • Commercial vehicles (batteries suitable for electric buses)
  • VIP cars (batteries for special vehicles)
  • Low-speed cars (supporting products for low-speed vehicles)
  • Energy storage cabinet (flexible and scalable three-level battery management system)

 

Sunwoda Electronic Co., Ltd.

Founded: 1997

Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

 

Sunwoda Electronic Co., Ltd. (Sunwoda) is one of the industry leaders in the lithium-ion battery industry. Sunwoda’s business segments include 3C battery, energy service, EV battery, intelligent manufacturing and industrial internet, smart hardware, and testing service.

 

The company began its EV battery business in 2008. It owns several production bases across the world.

 

Sunwoda Electric Vehicle Battery Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunwoda Electronic Co., Ltd. It provides EV battery pack solutions through advanced lithium battery integration technology and has complete R&D and manufacturing capabilities.

 

The company’s proprietary battery management system (BMS) is known for highly automated cell sorting, modular assembly, and battery packaging with entirely automated production lines.

 

Sunwoda’s EV battery solutions comprise the following:

 

Battery Cell

  • BEV
  • HEV
  • PHEV

 

BMS

  • Centralized
  • Distributed

 

Battery Module

  • Block module
  • Cylindrical module
  • Soft package module

 

xEV Battery Pack

  • Battery Pack
  • 48V start-stop system

 

Farasis Energy

Founded: 2009

Location: Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China

 

Starting with supplying battery systems to electric motorcycle customers, Farasis Energy expanded its battery business by entering the Chinese automotive industry in 2016 with large-scale battery delivery to Chinese OEMs.

 

In 2021, Farasis Energy started a lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in Wuhu, Anhui province, with an annual production capacity of 24 GWh. The company’s battery products are available as “cells” and “modules” with tailor-made configurations for individual requirements.

 

Farasis Energy offers battery solutions for electric commercial and passenger vehicles and industrial machines.

 

Electric passenger vehicles (cars, motorcycles, aviation, and powersports)

 

Farasis Energy’s electric car batteries ensure fast charging, long range, and long life-cycle due to their high energy density and high performance.

 

The company is expanding its fourth-generation lithium-ion battery cells for EVs with an ultra-high-power variant that can achieve a fast charging time (less than 15 mins) while maintaining a high energy density (300 Wh/kg).

 

Electric commercial vehicles (buses and trucks)

 

The electrification of buses and trucks reduces air and noise pollution and makes cargo transport more environmentally friendly.

 

Farasis Energy’s battery systems for electric buses and trucks are known for their long life-cycle, safety and stability, and strong temperature adaptability.

 

In addition to established players in the EV battery market, other key companies include A123 systems, Envision AESC, PEVE, and SVOLT.

 

Blackridge Research & Consulting – Global Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Market Report

Despite potential alternatives like sodium-based batteries and solid-state batteries, lithium-ion batteries continue to dominate the energy storage technology landscape.

 

The global EV battery market has been growing exponentially due to various factors, such as the expansion of global auto manufacturers into the EV market, increasing adoption of eco-friendly electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions, and better financing and insurance options for EVs.

 

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Wrapping Up

EV battery manufacturing involves expertise and precision to produce safe, reliable batteries of different cell chemistries.

 

The rising demand for EVs and changing technology trends are encouraging battery makers to build state-of-the-art EV battery plants and boost EV battery manufacturing capacity.

 

Against the backdrop of tough competition between EV battery market players, the well-known automaker General Motors announced a huge investment to secure access to lithium—one of the essential battery materials for electric vehicles.

 

The strategic investment is part of GM’s effort to facilitate direct sourcing of critical EV raw materials and components, make the EV battery supply chain more secure, manage cell costs, and create jobs.

 

Toyota Motor is also catching up with competitors by planning to build a battery plant in North Carolina.

 

Additionally, Cirba Solutions will invest in a South Carolina battery recycling plant to process end-of-life hybrid and EV batteries, among others.

 

Furthermore, Saudi Arabia plans to build its first battery chemicals complex to process cathode active materials for the ever-growing EV battery market.

 

In the electric vehicle era, battery manufacturers are leveraging advanced battery technology to develop high-capacity, high-efficiency EV batteries and changing the energy paradigm of electric vehicles.

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