Lithium-ion batteries have become an indispensable part of today's technologies: electric mobility is making its way into the cities of the future, energy sources are becoming more diverse and the telecommunications industry has been relying on the powerful rechargeable batteries for several years. Also our portable computers and smartphones have long been among the most important devices in everyday life.
This is also shown by the latest sales figures of the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association). Last year, the total battery market in Germany grew by 35 percent – to 5.9 billion euros.
The lithium-ion batteries alone cover the largest share of this with 3 billion euros. The segment thus recorded a growth of 63 per cent within one year – and that despite or precisely because of the Corona pandemic.
Germany is the world champion in battery cell imports
In 2019, Asia still imported the most battery cells. In 2020, Europe has caught up. Battery imports of just under 3.8 billion euros account for 52 percent of the total import volume in Europe. Most battery cells are imported to Germany and installed in battery systems here.
Battery technologies key to EU decarbonisation targets
Modern battery technologies are the beacon of hope for achieving the Green Deal. They contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector and the storage of renewable energies.
Further information can be viewed in the press release of ZVEI (in German only).
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