7

Gigawatt-Hours

Romeo Power’s 113,000 sq. ft production facility has a 7 GWh production capacity

555

Million Dollars

As of end of 2020, Romeo Power had ~$555 million in backlog

10

Kilowatt-Hours

Romeo Power’s product, the Prasini Module, has a 10 KWh capacity, 215Wh/kg energy density, and a 2-hour charging time

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The Path to Drawdown: Batteries

The first electric vehicle (EV) was built in the early 19th century, but internal combustion engines dominated the automotive landscape since the 1920s because of EVs’ inability to overcome the challenge of building a lightweight, durable battery with adequate range.

Today, that landscape is changing. Owing to supportive government policies and declining costs, there are millions of EVs on the road. The difference in their carbon footprint is remarkable: compared to internal combustion engine vehicles, emissions drop by 50% if an EV’s power comes from the conventional electrical grid. If powered by solar energy, emissions drop by 95%. And once households purchase EVs, costs to operate and maintain those cars are often cheaper than gas-based cars.

What used to be an obstacle for EVs - the question of how far the car can go on a single charge - is now much less of a concern. The average range of EVs produced in 2020 is about 217.5 miles, up from 124 miles in 2015.

What’s making this increase in mileage possible are the advances in battery technology and growth in battery production capacity. The cost of batteries is falling fast as a result. The cost of lithium-ion batteries in particular -- the key technology for electrifying transport -- has declined sharply in recent years.

But battery production needs to continue scaling massively to keep up with the electrification of the transport sector. According to the IEA:

  • <::marker> Global manufacturing operations produced 170 GWh of batteries in 2020
  • <::marker> ~3,000 GWh battery production capacity is needed by 2030 to achieve long-term sustainability goals
  • <::marker> That’s CAGR of 33.25%

What We Want to See Improve

Disclose GHG Emissions

Currently Romeo Power offers no sustainability information or metrics. We want to see this change. In particular, we press Romeo Power’s executives to start tracking and disclosing their direct and indirect GHG emissions, as well as their energy-use by source.

Set Clear Targets

Romeo Power correctly points out (p. 5-6) that the world’s largest logistics and original equipment manufacturers are committing to electric fleets and reducing emissions. We urge Romeo Power to join this list of companies by setting forth targets for emissions cuts and switching to renewable sources of power. These targets should be clear and quantitative, science-based to be in line with the international goal of staying below 1.5°C of global warming, and set to be achieved by the end of this decade. And these targets should be announced in an annual sustainability report.

Enhance Transparency Around Suppliers

Romeo Powers explains that they use key components of their battery products from suppliers across the world (p. 20), namely Samsung, LG Energy Solution, and BAK. We appreciate this clarity, but would like them to go further by disclosing the GHG emissions throughout the lifecycle of their products. This includes emissions from raw material production (of lithium, nickel, cobalt, and other metals) to manufacturing, to distribution.

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QuantumScape Corporation (QS)

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0.30%

Livent Corporation (LTHM)

Livent is one of the largest lithium producers in the world. Lithium is the key metal in making batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage.

0.19%

Stem, Inc. (STEM)

Stem makes energy storage solutions that optimize energy use through the use of AI. Energy storage is the key to integrating more renewables into the grid

0.03%

Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc. (EOSE)

Eos makes stationary batteries and energy storage systems that can make renewable power more reliable and attractive

0.03%

Romeo Power, Inc. (RMO)

Romeo Power makes lithium-ion battery modules and packs for commercial EVs. High-quality batteries are critical for electrifying transportation

0.02%

CBAK Energy Technology, Inc. (CBAT)

CBAK makes lithium-ion battery packs that can be used in many electric vehicles, tools and energy storage applications, a key to electrifying everything

0.02%

Flux Power Holdings, Inc (FLUX)

Flux Power makes batteries for industrial forklifts and other utility vehicles. Electrifying these vehicles is a key component of solving climate change.

0.02%

Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (KNDI)

Kandi Technologies mass produces entry-level EVs for Chinese consumers and quickly swaps EV batteries. Both are critical for making EVs attractive.

0.02%

KULR Technology Group, Inc. (KULR)

KULR sells thermal management technologies that are used in the lithium-ion batteries to ensure they stay within safe operating temperatures.

0.02%

Westwater Resources, Inc. (WWR)

Westwater Resources mines and purified graphite materials, which is a key component in battery construction. They’re helping expand energy storage

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