Nickel Consumption in Passenger EV Batteries Up 57% Year-over-Year in May 2019

Jul. 9, 2019

In May 2019, deployment of nickel-rich cathode chemistries drives battery nickel demand higher

In May 2019, 57% more nickel metal equivalent (“NME”) was deployed globally in batteries of new passenger EVs than the same month the year prior, according to Adamas Intelligence’s latest “EV Battery Nickel Monthly” report.

Over the same period, the amount of NME used in li-ion batteries (primarily in the form of nickel sulphate) increased 69% whereas the amount of NME used in NiMH batteries (primarily in the form of nickel hydroxide and AB5 nickel-REE alloy) increased 26%.

Use of nickel by the EV battery industry (as well as other materials, such as LCE, cobalt and graphite) is generally-speaking a function of the total amount of battery capacity deployed (in watt-hours) and the types of cathode, anode and electrolyte chemistries used.

In May 2019, total passenger EV battery capacity deployed globally was 48% higher than the total deployed in May 2018 thus the fact that the amount of NME deployed increased 57% over the same period is a testament to the EV industry’s ongoing adoption of higher-nickel cathode chemistries, like NCM 622 and NCM 811, that use a greater amount of nickel per watt-hour (see recent insight from Adamas Intelligence).

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