Battery Market Faces Supply Crunch as Coronavirus Shuts China’s Factories

By [email protected] China produces a majority of the world’s battery cells, but that manufacturing powerhouse is slowing down due to coronavirus.

The Chinese government has imposed provincial travel bans and factory closures to fight the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 1,000 people and infected more than 43,000 as of February 13.

Those efforts have slowed battery manufacturing in key industrial centers, enough to reduce China’s expected 2020 cell output by 10 percent or 26 gigawatt-hours, according to analysis by research firm Wood Mackenzie. Further delays are possible, based on the spread of the virus and the government’s ongoing response to

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