The industry is facing several pivotal questions that will affect all stakeholders:
The above issues are discussed in The Tesla Battery Report, which was recently released by Dr. Menahem Anderman, President of Total Battery Consulting. The Report provides an unbiased assessment—free of both the traditional automaker's conservatism and the fascination with Tesla's Silicon Valley charisma—and is based on onsite interviews with senior battery technologists and business development executives at most major car companies and battery-system suppliers on three continents.
The report dissects market conditions vis-à-vis the expected trajectory of the EV battery technology—cost, performance, durability, and safety—and provides an insightful assessment of the likely direction of the industry as far out as 2020. Its short conclusions sum up the views of most automakers: yes to extended vehicle ranges, and no to the Tesla battery technology. Extracts from the Report can be viewed here.
Dr. Anderman routinely consults with major automakers, battery makers, and related-industry stakeholders. He is founder and chairman of the premier international industry forum, the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC). The 2015 European AABC is scheduled for January 26-29, in Mainz, Germany and the 2015 International AABC will be held in Detroit, June 15-19, 2015.