Currently, batteries are only one of many technologies to store large amounts of energy gathered from renewable sources, such as wind generators or utility-scale solar technologies. But, as many new materials and technologies are being pursued to create more efficient batteries, opportunities for plastics manufacturers are increasing.
The automotive and transportation industries are driving improvements to battery technologies as they address the worldwide transition towards electric vehicles. Technologies serving hybrids, EVs, and EV infrastructure are producing lightweight options with longer lifetimes and many other improvements.
Plastics are typically used in some EV batteries as separator films between electrodes, and are commonly used for custom designed molds, covers, cases, battery clips, housing, doors, connectors, or as parts of advanced battery cooling systems. Plastics also help integrate EV with charging and other infrastructure systems, such as smart meters and digital control panels.