Europe is ‘closing the gap’ on battery manufacturing, Northvolt says

(EurActiv, 28 Aug 2020) Swedish battery maker Northvolt says Europe is catching up with Asian rivals in the manufacturing of car batteries but warns that more efforts are needed to build a complete supply chain “ecosystem” in the EU.

“I think there is still a gap to catch up,” said Peter Carlsson, the CEO of Northvolt. “And the biggest part of that gap is the scale-up aspect to achieve economies of scale in different parts of the ecosystem,” he told reporters in a phone briefing on Thursday (27 August).

The European Commission launched a “European battery alliance” in 2017, bringing together carmakers, chemical groups and engineering firms, with the aim of building a battery value chain in Europe that is able to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.

Although European carmakers assemble battery packs for electric cars, the region has no significant player in battery cells – the essential building blocks for the batteries that are now mostly made in Asia.

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EurActiv, 28 Aug 2020: Europe is ‘closing the gap’ on battery manufacturing, Northvolt says