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Automotive Battery Market Overview
The global automotive battery market is anticipated to witness a steady growth during the forecast period due to increasing end users’ preference for zero-emission hybrid and electric vehicles, owing to falling battery price, reducing crude oil reserves, and environmental effect of conventional automobiles. In accumulation to this, increase in the global battery production capacity has helped to achieve economies of scale in the automotive battery industry, which is another major driver for the growth of the market.
On the basis of type, the automotive battery market has been categorized into lithium-ion, and sealed lead acid. Among these, the market for lithium-ion batteries is anticipated to observe the fastest growth during the forecast period. Lithium-ion battery is equipped in applications, which demand high-energy density solutions such as hybrid and electric automobiles. Also, in an effort to increase vehicle economies, manufacturers are continuously focusing on reducing the price of the battery, which leads to propel the market growth, globally.
Based on vehicle, the automotive battery market has been categorized into two-wheelers, passenger vehicles, electric vehicles, and commercial vehicles. Among these, the demand for automotive batteries from electric vehicles is estimated to register an exponential growth during the forecast period, owing to increasing sales of electric vehicles and rising environmental pollution. Government initiatives to promote electric vehicles by offering generous subsidies and implementing regulations continue to drive the market for electric vehicles, which in turn, increase the demand for automotive batteries.
On the basis of region, the automotive battery market has been categorized into North America, Europe, Asia–Pacific (APAC), the Middle-East and Africa (MEA), and rest of the world (RoW). The APAC market for automotive batteries is estimated to witness the fastest growth in the coming years. This regional market is led by China, Japan, India, and Indonesia, which are forecasted to experience robust growth in the sales of commercial and passenger vehicles. Also, sales of electric cars are anticipated to experience a massive growth in APAC region in the coming years, fuelling the battery market in the region. Ongoing product developments by several companies to produce high-performance and cost-efficient vehicles are estimated to contribute to the growth of the market for automotive batteries in the APAC region.
Automotive Battery Market Dynamics
The growth of the automotive battery market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for electric vehicles due to falling battery price and stringent regulations set by several government agencies across the world. Decline in prices of lithium-ion battery packs are resulting in the increase in electric vehicle sales. The average price of lithium-ion battery pack is reduced to around $220 per kWh from 1000 per kWh, a decline of more than 75%. The decrease in battery cost is resulting in the decrease in electric vehicle upfront cost, as battery accounts for around 30–40% of total electric vehicle’s cost. This is uplifting the market of the automotive battery.
Rising concern for safety issues associated with battery usage, lack of adequate infrastructure required for proper operation of battery-driven vehicles, and fluctuation in the cost of raw materials of a battery are the key factors restraining the growth of the automotive battery market. Major factors determine the cost and range of a battery-driven automobile are the price of battery and technology used in the vehicle. Currently, electric vehicles are more expensive than diesel- or petrol-powered vehicles. This is primarily due to high cost of battery packs used in the electric vehicles. Owing to the high cost of the batteries, the overall cost of the vehicles is also high, which is affecting the overall growth of the market.
Automotive Battery Market Competitive Landscape
Key players operating in the global automotive battery market are Panasonic Corporation, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., Johnson Controls International PLC, Kokam Co. Ltd., BYD Company Limited, Toshiba Corporation, LG Chem Power Inc., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Li-Tec Battery GmbH, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., Leoch International Technology Limited, GS Yuasa International Ltd., Crown Battery Manufacturing Company, Exide Industries Limited, Hitachi Ltd., Fengfan Co. Ltd., Shandong Sacred Sun Power Sources Co. Ltd., and Chaowei Power Holdings Limited.
The report will also provide country-wise analysis of the market. Some of the major countries covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, China, India, Japan, Thailand, the U.A.E., South Africa, Brazil, and Australia.