The world of lithium-ion batteries is getting more exciting and complicated by the day, primarily due to the increased production of electric vehicles. Opportunities and challenges are everywhere, and JobsOhio was fortunate to have several discussions while sponsoring and attending the recent International Battery Seminar hosted in Orlando.
Alongside our partners from TeamNEO and OhioSoutheast, JobsOhio had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with over a dozen companies in the automotive, battery, and chemical sectors while hearing from top companies and industry analysts.
What does this mean for lithium batteries and electric vehicles in Ohio? Ohio is already positioned within a one-day’s drive (600 miles) of 75% of the announced battery production capacity in North America. Suppliers in the cathode active material and separator films have announced or are operating in the state. Ample opportunity exists to attract critical suppliers, including electrolytes, adhesives, cathode, and anode production. As OEMs continue to ramp up production of new electric models globally and here in Ohio, demand for batteries will continue to increase, which creates opportunities in our state for additional battery production. JobsOhio is prepared to assist interested companies in this space with workforce assistance, real estate and site selection, and potential financial incentives.