FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro"
2021.35
Date: 23/12/2021

Securing decarbonized road transport – a comparison of how EV deployment has become a critical dimension of battery security strategies for China, the EU, and the US


Authors:

Loyle Campbell, Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs;  Manfred Hafner, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs, The John Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies; Xinqing Lu, Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs; Michel Noussan, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs, Decisio; Pier Paolo Raimondi, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Istituto Affari Internazionali;  Erpu Zhu, Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs

JEL n.: Q48, Q30, F59
Keywords: Lithium-Ion Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Energy Transition, Energy Security, China, the European Union, the United States

Abstract

This paper compares how the pursuit of self-sufficient Lithium-ion battery production by the three main geo-economic players (China, the European Union, and the United States) is unfolding by looking at the electrification of the transport sector. The analysis of this paper uses the concept of energy security and the 4 As outlined by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (2007) to outline the availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability of Lithium-ion (Li- Ion) batteries for each respective actor. This paper aims to compare the dynamics of each geoeconomic player’s EV deployment along these four indicators. Most work in this field assesses the battery strategies of these three geo-economic players individually or focuses on EV deployment from a purely economics perspective. In contrast, this paper attempts to bridge this gap through the framework of energy security to compare how each of the three player’s battery strategy connects to broader EV deployment. Adopting this framework allows us to highlight how China’s strong industrial policies and generous incentives contrast to the government multilateral alliance-building done in the European Union and the overwhelmingly dominant role of private actors found in the United States.

This paper is part of a series of working papers comparing the climate and energy policies of China, the European Union, and the United States to better understand the geopolitics surrounding global decarbonization.

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Suggested citation: L. Campbell, M. Hafner, X. Lu, M. Noussan, P. P. Raimondi, E. Zhu (2021), 'Securing decarbonized road transport – a comparison of how EV deployment has become a critical dimension of battery security strategies for China, the EU, and the US', Nota di Lavoro 35.2021, Milano, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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