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More than 100 companies have been jockeying in recent months for billions of dollars in federal grants and state incentive packages designed to help spur the growth of a U.S. battery manufacturing industry for plug-in vehicles. At this point, firms based in China, Japan, South Korea […]

More than 100 companies have been jockeying in recent months for billions of dollars in federal grants and state incentive packages designed to help spur the growth of a U.S. battery manufacturing industry for plug-in vehicles. At this point, firms based in China, Japan, South Korea dominate the market for lithium-ion batteries. But as demand grows beyond mobile devices and laptops for advanced battery technologies (lithium-ion and others) to increasing numbers of electric and hybrid vehicles, there’s an opportunity for players in the U.S. to either enter the game or expand their role.


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With the Department of Energy opening a spigot of cash to support battery manufacturing projects over the next three years, we’re on the verge of a rapid buildout. We’ve put together this map to help keep track of who’s in the running — we’re at 35 battery projects and counting. Not all of these projects will necessarily get off the ground, and those that do hardly have commercial success guaranteed — we’ll keep updating the map as they evolve (let us know in the comments about other projects you’d like to see tracked). Think of it as an emerging batterywatch map to balance out our coal and biofuels deathwatch maps.

  1. Impressive data set you’ve built up there, and very significant. I really thing its a much more effective use of funds to stimulate the economy rather than buy-american clauses or other rubbish. There is going to be huge demand for batteries as electrics and hybrids become more common, and not just in the US. This kind of early investment will allow US firms to maintain growth as emerging economies are rapidly catching up.

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  2. Optimistic Dude Thursday, August 20, 2009

    Very interesting outlook. As a result of this demand for batteries, the market for lithium appears good. I understand Bolivia is sitting on half the world’s supply. They’d better get on the stick if they want to capitalize on their natural resource. http://www.newsy.com/videos/bolivia_s_new_oil

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  3. [...] MAP: U.S. Green Car Battery Buildout: With the Department of Energy opening a spigot of cash to support battery manufacturing projects over the next three years, we’re on the verge of a rapid buildout in the U.S. We’ve put together this map to help keep track of who’s in the running. We’re at 35 battery projects and counting. [...]

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  4. [...] As GM notes in its release, the event is scheduled to take place “exactly three years to the day” from when the automaker revealed the concept for the Chevy Volt. During that time — mostly in the year or so since federal stimulus funds started opening up for battery manufacturing — the race to secure financing and set up plants to manufacture plug-in vehicle batteries in the U.S. has heated up (we’ve mapped the green car battery buildout here). [...]

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  5. [...] planning to break ground this year on new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities (see our map of the U.S. green car battery buildout), or expand existing facilities, John Gartner of Pike Research (which pegs the global lithium-ion [...]

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  6. [...] planning to break ground this year on new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities (see our map of the U.S. green car battery buildout), or expand existing facilities, John Gartner of Pike Research has told us he anticipates we could [...]

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  7. [...] vehicles — was abuzz with the race to win a piece of unprecedented government funds. We put together a map at the time to illustrate what projects were getting funded where, and how a U.S. battery manufacturing [...]

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