Excessive Nickel Battery Chemistries Have been The Most Standard In xEVs

Excessive Nickel Battery Chemistries Have been The Most Standard In xEVs


In 2021, the overall battery capability deployed onto roads globally in all newly offered passenger xEV (BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs) is estimated at 286.2 GWh (up 113% year-over-year) from 134.5 GWh estimated for 2020.

In line with Adamas Intelligence, over 98% of the overall capability was deployed in plug-in electrical vehicles. It might imply over 280 GWh for BEVs/PHEVs and simply a number of GWh for hybrids.

Much more attention-grabbing is the market share of explicit teams of lithium-ion chemistries. The “excessive nickel” group represents nearly all of the market:

  • excessive nickel: 54% share
    i.e., NCM 6-, 7-, 8-series, NCA, NCMA
  • low nickel: 26%
    i.e., NCM 5-series and decrease
  • no nickel: 20%
    i.e., primarily LFP

The three teams fluctuate fairly considerably relying in the marketplace. For instance, in Asia (primarily in China), the share of all three is comparable, whereas in North America, it is largely excessive nickel (the cathodes with about 60% or extra nickel content material).

The LFP in Europe and North America is fairly uncommon.

An attention-grabbing discovering is that even though no nickel chemistries (primarily LFP) are accountable just for about 20% of the overall, they’re utilized in practically one-quarter of all xEVs.

That’s as a result of often, one of these battery has a decrease complete capability. Decrease power density limits the overall capability on one finish, whereas the decrease price encourages use of LFP in smaller, entry-level fashions then again.

Within the Asia-Pacific, the no nickel chemistries symbolize 34% of the overall battery deployment in passenger plug-ins, however there are utilized in over 41% of the overall autos.


The ultimate chart is expounded extra to the mining market. Adamas Intelligence, studies that 55% of all lithium carbonate equal (“LCE”) models deployed onto roads in 2021 globally have been within the type of lithium hydroxide (86% in Americas, 51% in Europe, and 30% within the Asia-Pacific), whereas the remaining 45% have been within the type of lithium carbonate.



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September 2022