Porsche chief warns battery costs will hit carmaker profits

in hive-175254 •  3 months ago 

Porsche chief warns battery costs will hit carmaker profits (FT)

  • Porsche’s chief executive, Oliver Blume, has warned that lithium-ion battery prices are unlikely to drop for at least five years as there is “big demand” and supply is still constrained by “a bottleneck in production capacities”.
  • As the battery is by far the most expensive component in an EV, this is complicating carmakers’ attempts to build profitable emission-free models.
  • Blume also confirmed that Porsche’s Tayan (the first European rival to the Tesla Model S) will not be profitable for a few years.
  • In a move to increase domestic supply, several companies including BASF and Opel are receiving state aid to build battery manufacturing ‘gigafactories’, but these are not expected to come online for a few years.

Analysis and Comments

  • The news comes a week after lack of batteries forced Audi to curtail production of its e-tron electric SUV (CleanTechnica) for 4 days – an issue other OEMs are faced with as well. Notably, the German newspaper Handelsblatt reported back then that Audi’s battery supplier LG Chem will only be able to supply enough battery cells to power half as many cars as Audi anticipates to sell this year (80,000).
  • This clearly once again highlights that battery cost reduction is likely to slow down in the coming years and that as and when subsidies are removed, passenger EV adoption will take a temporary negative hit (as was seen in China who are reportedly now considering an extension to subsidies beyond 2020).
  • However, in the long-term analysts think regulations will drive EV adoption – at the expense of driving range as automotive OEMs will be forced to keep battery sizes small to be able to make money on mass market EVs.
  • On a related note, GM just unveiled their Ultimum EV platform which they claim due to its modular approach will allow them to get cell costs (not pack costs) below US$100 – see other news section.


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Hi @vlemon

Wow that car is great. I know that while the communist government is sitting in power these cars will not arrive in Venezuela, of course unless it arrives only for the government's gerarchs.

But I don't lose hope of being able to drive one one day.

I think these companies could cut costs if they produce their batteries themselves. This way you don't have to depend on a provider.

Communism, lesson has never been learned... I feel bad for you Venezuelians.
You used to be one of the richest country in South America and now, so struggling.

Stay strong and one day this porsche might be yours :) (or mine :D who knows !)

I must admit my ignorance that Porsche was the European response to Tesla.

Although it happens that where I live, as soon as I comment on electric cars, almost automatically my colleagues ask me to confirm if I am talking about a Tesla.

Tesla did so much to make electric cars "sexy" and wanted. i think they are the biggest Reason why this sub-sector is booming (apart from environment issues).
You WANT a Tesla, even if it wasn't electric. It is a beautiful product (even if it could be improved concerning the materials used).

Yes, I think they did a good marketing job and that their product was good enough to convince.

Thinking about sexy carrors, I can't avoid that one of the cars that fit my sense of taste is the Porsche 911, so I think that company can also make a sexy car, only that it still needs to make its presence in the market of the electric cars are more prominent worldwide, so that your brand becomes the synonym by definition of the product you want to sell.

Source of image

That's indeed a beautiful one !

Take care my friend