Europe’s homegrown battery cells could end dependence on China by 2027

By 2027, Europe has the potential to rely entirely on domestic battery cell production and meet demand for electric vehicles and energy storage without any imports from China. That is according to the last prediction by Transport & Environment (T&E), a campaign group, which analyzed a range of manufacturer reports and press releases.

The European NGO further estimates that by 2030 the companies with the largest battery cell production on the continent will be CATL, Northvolt, ACC, Freyr and the Volkswagen Group.

About two-thirds of Europe’s need for cathodes – an integral battery component – could also be produced in-house, the report says. So far, 12 companies plan to enter this part of the battery supply chain, with 17 factories announced in the region. Existing and planned projects include Umicore in Poland, Northvolt in Sweden and BASF in Germany.