Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Lithium Ion Batteries for Transportation

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for Eight Li-Ion Battery Manufacturers

With the exception of Toyota’s continued use of nickel-metal hydride batteries for strong hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), the lithium ion (Li-ion) battery is now the de facto leader in batteries across HEVs and plug-in vehicles (PEVs) with electric drivetrains. Navigant Research anticipates that most new production HEVs and all PEVs will be shipped with Li-ion batteries in the coming years.

Lithium Ion Leaderboard Chart

While the market for Li-ion batteries for vehicle electrification is just beginning to develop, several companies have emerged as leaders. The most successful Li-ion battery manufacturers to date are large and financially stable companies or subsidiaries of these types of companies. Additionally, the leaders provide Li-ion batteries to multiple markets, such as the consumer electronics and emerging stationary grid energy storage markets. In terms of energy capacity, Navigant Research expects the global market for Li-ion batteries for light duty consumer HEVs and PEVs to grow by a 2015-2020 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.9% to 61.3 GWh. The majority (72%) of demand for Li-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries is expected to come from battery electric vehicles (BEVs) due to the larger battery packs typical of those vehicle types.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of eight leading Li-ion battery manufacturers that are active in the light duty EV battery market. These players are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales, marketing, and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global Li-ion vehicle electrification storage market.

Top Vendors:

1. LG Chem

2. Panasonic

3. Samsung SDI


5. Johnson Controls

6. BYD

7. A123

8. Lithium Energy Japan

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Who are the leaders in providing lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for vehicle electrification?
  • What are the key metrics used to evaluate market performance in the Li-ion industry?
  • How is the Li-ion industry responding to challenging and rapidly evolving market conditions?
  • Which market participants are in the best position for success in different geographic regions?
  • How do adjacent battery markets affect business strategy in the Li-ion vehicle electrification market?
  • How do the pricing, geographic reach, and go-to market strategies of the leading companies in this market compare?
Who needs this report?
  • Lithium ion (Li-ion) battery vendors
  • Li-ion stationary energy storage system purchasers
  • Energy storage enabling technology vendors
  • Energy storage systems integrators
  • Stationary energy storage project developers
  • Electric utilities
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary                  

1.1  Market Introduction      

1.2  Criteria Overview

1.3  The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview   

2.1  Overview

2.2  Market Definition

2.2.1  Li-ion Chemistries

2.2.2  Li-ion Battery Pack Prices

2.2.3  Cell Design Types

2.3  Market Drivers

2.3.1  PEVs

2.3.2  HEV Sales

2.3.3  Regional Demand

2.4  Market Barriers

2.5  Market Trends

3. The Navigant Research Leaderboard   

3.1  The Navigant Research Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1  Leaders

3.1.2  Contenders

3.1.3  Challengers


3.2  The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings  

4.1  Leaders

4.1.1  LG Chem

4.1.2  Panasonic

4.1.3  Samsung SDI

4.2  Contenders

4.2.1  AESC

4.2.2  Johnson Controls, Inc.

4.2.3  BYD

4.2.4  A123 Systems

4.3  Challengers

4.3.1  Lithium Energy Japan (GS Yuasa)


5. Company Directory
6. Acronym and Abbreviation List
7. Table of Contents
8. Table of Charts and Figures
9. Scope of Study and Methodology

9.1  Scope of Study

9.2  Sources and Methodology

9.2.1  Vendor Selection

9.2.2  Ratings Scale  Score Calculations

9.2.3  Criteria Definitions  Strategy  Execution

List of Charts and Figures

  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid
  • Light Duty Consumer Battery Pack Cost by Vehicle Type, World Markets: 2015, 2017, 2020
  • Light Duty Consumer Sales by Vehicle Type, World Markets: 2015, 2017, 2020
  • LG Chem Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Panasonic Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Samsung SDI Strategy and Execution Scores
  • AESC Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Johnson Controls Strategy and Execution Scores
  • BYD Strategy and Execution Scores
  • A123 Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Lithium Energy Japan Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Summary of Key Criteria of Certain Li-ion Battery Chemistries: 2015

List of Tables

  • Light Duty Consumer Battery Pack Cost by Vehicle Type, World Markets: 2015, 2017, 2020
  • Light Duty Consumer Sales by Vehicle Type, World Markets: 2015, 2017, 2020
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria

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