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Powering the Future: Has Battery Technology Reach Its Peak?

2019-06-25T02:14:09+00:00

Have battery-powered vehicles reached the tipping point – and what does that mean for the rest of the industry? The electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery industry have been known for having fits and starts over the years, with periods of major interest and investment followed by periods of consolidation and bankruptcy. In fact, in the late 1800s in both Europe and the United States, there was a virtual flood of electric vehicle manufacturers across all types of applications, ranging from bicycles to automobiles to trains. But with the change from the 19th to the 20th century and the introduction of [...]

Powering the Future: Has Battery Technology Reach Its Peak?2019-06-25T02:14:09+00:00

Testimony Before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission

2019-06-25T02:16:31+00:00

On June 7, 2019, I had the privilege of testifying in Washington, D.C. before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the subject of China's growing dominance of lithium-ion battery manufacturing.  The written statement that accompanied my testimony is reproduced below:   Introduction My name is James Greenberger and I am the Executive Director of NAATBatt International.  NAATBatt is a trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners doing business in North America.  Today, NAATBatt has 110 corporate members, including major automobile manufacturers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, battery cell and pack manufacturers, chemical companies, energy materials suppliers and [...]

Testimony Before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission2019-06-25T02:16:31+00:00

Understanding Energy Materials Supply Constraints in North America

2019-06-25T10:49:37+00:00

There has been a lot of recent talk about shortages of energy materials (i.e., lithium, hi-grade nickel and cobalt) imperiling the future of lithium-ion battery manufacturing in North America.  While much of that talk is sensationalized (we are not about to run out of lithium in the world), the United States’ failure to invest in stabilizing sources of energy material supply may put the United States at a long term disadvantage in the global competition for lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity and expertise. Properly understood, the energy materials supply chain challenge in North America consists of two problems:  The market price [...]

Understanding Energy Materials Supply Constraints in North America2019-06-25T10:49:37+00:00