Battery Statistics

The global battery market is about $50 billion US, of which roughly $5.5 billion is allocated to rechargeable (secondary) batteries. The growth is estimated at 6% annually through 2006. China, India, Brazil, the Czech Republic and South Korea will record some of the strongest market gains. 

The Freedonia Group, Inc. predicts a US demand of primary and secondary batteries of $US 14 billion by the year 2007. A new generation of energy-hungry electronic devices, such as digital cameras, camera phones and high performance portable computing devices, will drive the growth. Figure 1 projects the consumption of primary and secondary batteries in the USA to the year 2012.

Projected demand for batteries

Figure 1: Projected demand for batteries.
Each incremental improvement of the battery opens the doors for new applications

Alkaline will dominate the primary battery market. Others primary batteries will be lithium and zinc-air. Primary batteries can be stored up to 10 years and have much higher energy densities than secondary batteries. Figure 2 compares the predicted use of primary alkaline with other chemistries.

Demand for primary batteries  

Figure 2: Primary alkaline is leading the market. Other primary chemistries are expected to increase at a slower pace.

Lead-acid will account for half the demand of rechargeables. This battery is mainly used for automotive and stand-by applications. Because of low cost and dependable service in adverse environmental conditions, lead-acid will enjoy a steady increase through to the year 2012. Lithium-based batteries may start to take over some lead-acid applications if the price can be lowered and the service life prolonged.

The demand for lead acid batteries is governed by vehicle production. Battery replacements have decreased as new technologies have extended battery life by 6 months. With the switch to electronic braking and steering by wire in upscale cars, the 3kW capability of the single 12-volt battery will no longer be sufficient, ushering in the 42-volt system. Two 12-volt batteries may be the interim solution. 

Hybrid vehicles require a high voltage battery of about 150V, which is currently provided by connecting nickel-metal-hydride cells in series. Battery manufacturers are asked to provide a 8-10-year warranty to ensure that the battery will last for the life of the car. A replacement of the main battery would cost as much as installing a new motor.

Demand for secondary batteries  

Figure 3: Lead-acid will be the most commonly used secondary battery. Among portable secondary batteries, lithium-ion shows the most promise.

Lithium-ion will lead the demand in powering portable devices. The market for nickel-cadmium, on the other hand, is shrinking. This chemistry will be replaced with nickel-metal-hydride. Nickel-cadmium still holds a major share for power tools, two-way radios and medical devices. This chemistry is preferred over nickel-metal-hydride for its high durability and reliable service but some countries will ban its use by 2006 for environmental reasons. Exceptions will be made if the substitute is unsuitable. 

Little excitement is in store for alternative rechargeable batteries. If the predictions are correct, new chemistries will make up less than 7% of all secondary batteries. With no major breakthrough, the fuel cell will play an insignificant role in providing power for future applications. Cost, size and performance are the main obstacles. Although continuous in operation by replacing fuel capsules, the fuel cell, as we know it today, still needs a backup battery to satisfy the power requirements of modern portable equipment. 

By the look of things, the electro-chemical battery may keep its present position for some time to come. This puts the miracle battery to the back burner, a battery was supposed to power a laptop for days and enable heated clothing for North Pole expeditions. 

Where will commercial batteries come from?

The battery industry is becoming consolidated; competition will remain intense. The top Japanese suppliers held 80% of the market last year, but new contenders from other countries in Asia are making strong in-roads. BYD Battery Co. Ltd. in China is an example of a major new global battery producer. LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in South Korea are following. These companies are gaining ground due to low pricing and improving quality. 

The price of lithium-ion batteries has dropped by 20-50% during the last few years. This prompts established battery manufacturers to shift production to lower-cost regions such as China. Nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal-hydride batteries are not immune to price declines. Prices have dropped by 10-20%. 

The USA and Europe will continue to produce specialty batteries, mainly used for defense and industrial applications. In comparison to the mass-produced batteries from Asia, American and European packs will be more expensive.

Up-to-date statistical battery information

The following graphs are collected from various sources as compiled by BMZ, Germany, For more detailed statistical battery information, please contact Frost & Sullivan, Also contact Fredonia, the leading international business research company
 Battery world market
Figure 4: Battery world market
Custom made cells for world markets
Figure 5: Custom made cells for world markets

Global battery manufacturers
Figure 6: Global battery manufacturers

 Largest manufacturers of Li-ion cells

Figure 7: Largest manufacturers of Li-ion cells

Li-ion pricing and energy density
Figure 8: Li-ion pricing and energy density

References: The Freedonia Group, Inc.
Barry Huret, president of battery consulting company Huret Associates Inc. in Yardley, Pa, USA (


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On May 30, 2011 at 7:43pm
Charlotte wrote:

Would you have statistics specifically for the battery market in China ? How is the forecast for different batteries but also the number of new entrants which enters by year,...

Anothe rimportant point I would like to get is to have statisctics on the application of Carbon nanotiubes into secondary batteries. Would you have a forecast on this application ? And the different dispersions such as NMP or solicones into batteries enclosing CNTs?

Thank you so much for you r help,

On July 8, 2011 at 3:36am
Dr. visswas wrote:

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On July 23, 2011 at 8:24am
Rajeev Chanana wrote:

What is the market size for defense applications in India for:
1. Thermal batteries
2. Lithium Ion batteries

On August 18, 2011 at 9:16am
Roy scott wrote:

Do you have any stats for the UK market

On September 21, 2011 at 5:29am
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On September 21, 2011 at 5:30am
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On September 27, 2011 at 2:49am
Amruta wrote:


Can you guys provide the statistics relating lithium-ion batteries application in HEV and EV worldwide with forecast?


On November 10, 2011 at 10:41am
viona esen wrote:

Do you have any indication of market-size for implantable lithium-ion batteries for medical application?

On December 11, 2011 at 9:17pm
Sankar wrote:

Hi Friends,

Can some one help me on providing battery market size in India and market share of various battery manufacturers in India. 
also an tentative forecast for the next 2 years.


On December 13, 2011 at 3:46am
NOOR E ALAM wrote:

Hi Friends,

Can some one help me on providing battery market size in Bangladesh and market share of various battery manufacturers in Bangladesh. 
also an tentative forecast for the next 2 years.


On December 27, 2011 at 5:12am
Janz wrote:


I would like to check if anyone there could provide information on the alkaline LR03 and LR06 batteries market share in Europe and Asia Pacific?

Thanks in advance


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On June 5, 2012 at 6:57am
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On June 26, 2012 at 1:35am
Ashish Patel wrote:


It would be great if you guys can provide the statistics relating cost of battery pack in HEV, PEV and EV worldwide with forecast.

Thanks & Regards,

On July 5, 2012 at 9:47pm
Jason Marentette wrote:

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On July 20, 2012 at 12:14pm
Jerry Spivak wrote:

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On September 7, 2012 at 6:35am
Kapil Kumar wrote:


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On September 9, 2012 at 6:00pm
Jason Marentette wrote:

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On September 18, 2012 at 10:45pm
Mohammed Shorab Khan wrote:

Hi can anyone tell me please what chemicals and in what portion is required for disulphate of a 12 volts lead acid batterie.

On October 9, 2012 at 3:43pm
J.N.Leiwis wrote:

Would you like to tell me the primary and secondary battery market of Brazil of present and forecast?

On November 11, 2012 at 7:55am
Farouk Ali wrote:

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On December 17, 2012 at 10:33pm
Claude wrote:

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On January 18, 2013 at 9:33am
Shamim wrote:

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Can some one help me on providing battery market size in Bangladesh and market share of various battery manufacturers in Bangladesh. 
also an tentative forecast for the next 2 years. I need the information pretty urgently!

On February 27, 2013 at 6:06am
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On March 13, 2013 at 8:44am
Amani wrote:

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On April 23, 2013 at 7:48am
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On May 22, 2013 at 3:15am
Jesal wrote:

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On September 6, 2013 at 1:33pm
marco chiappina wrote:

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On November 28, 2013 at 9:20pm
A.j Hopoewell wrote:

Hi, Could you please tell me which is the most common size of car battery used in South Africa? Thank you in advance

On January 23, 2014 at 5:30am
Davinder Batth wrote:

Friends, Can you tell me the consumption of Lithium as catalyst in India and Bangladesh, Pakistan.



On March 4, 2014 at 8:24am
Jagath Priyantha wrote:

Does anyone know how many vehicle batteries are replaced in Saudi Arabia per year?

On June 11, 2014 at 12:14pm
Harry X wrote:

Can anyone tell me how much Antimony Pentaoxide (Sb2O5) is used in a lead acid battery?

On July 15, 2014 at 12:55pm
Stef wrote:

How much do double and triple A batteries cost in Quito, Ecuador?

On July 30, 2014 at 11:49am
melanie wrote:

what is the market size in south Africa and what is the demand in Africa .what is the future market in Africa. Trade statistics of import and export will be appreciated.
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On September 17, 2014 at 3:09am
sundas wrote:

i want to know the price of nickel metal hydride battery?

On October 19, 2014 at 4:30am
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On February 4, 2015 at 2:52pm
niels wrote:

Figure 8 shows an interesting table/graph of price and energy density of LI-ion batteries.
Is it possible to updat tis figure?
or does anyone know of a source with more recent info?

It might be better to have the price on a log-scale:-)

On February 4, 2015 at 5:13pm
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On December 30, 2015 at 7:50pm
Ajith Gamalatge wrote:

Great information & gained some valuable knowledge.  I would like to know whether any one can help me to find out details on the market size , potential growth, brands available presently in the market and their demand and supply on the Sri Lanka.

On May 17, 2016 at 11:40pm
Viswanathan wrote:

I would like to know the automotive and industrial market sizes in quantity and value terms, brands being marketed there and their market share and potential growth in this segment.

On June 15, 2016 at 1:42am

do you have any inormation regarding the consumers batteries in Africa?
What are the kind of exhibitions that consumer’s batteries manufacturers shouls attend?
Thank you for your reply

On June 16, 2016 at 5:56pm
BobsChem wrote:

I am interested in the answer which Viswanathan got from this site. Did you get the answer, Viswanathan?

On October 14, 2016 at 3:54pm
John Kincaide wrote:

Can you release more recently updated market forecast numbers from 2015 to 2025?

On October 30, 2016 at 3:22am

In April 2012 6 Nos. EXIDE Brand batteries 150 Ah / 12 Volts (Elevator back up) were replaced.

My question is what is the price trend of the lead batteries from the year 2102 & now in 2016.

Is there any scrap value / warranty discount at replacement time

On February 10, 2017 at 10:16am
Stan Skaggs wrote:

I would like to see data related to battery recovery efforts to see how recycling batteries compares to new production for statistical analysis.  I see medical batteries for example where governmental requirements replacement every two years without concern for the battery status as a general rule and what happens to all those batteries in this sector of industry where used batteries are disallowed as are re-manufactured ones.  The government then is mandating a wasteful policy leading to not only polution, but disallowing recycling of a highly toxic product.  My curiosity is if this same action is occurring in other sectors of productivity in the country.

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