The future of the auto industry is dependent on batteries.

The plans to create electric vehicle lineups over the next several years rely on batteries. They are critical as the auto industry tries to differentiate itself from one another. If they can be developed in efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable ways, the industry will be able to put its gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting past behind it.

According to McKinsey, the EV battery market could hit at least $360 billion by 2030.

White-hot EV battery technologies have been looked at by Insider. We looked at how automakers secure enough battery supply. We've talked to companies that recycle these batteries after they've been used.

Below, you can read about battery startups, the battery metal shortages the industry is facing, and how automakers are navigating this important part of their business. The types of battery technologies that are winning in the industry can be read.

Startups to watch 

Dozens of outfits are in the battery space to help EV manufacturers.

New startups are emerging to tackle various parts of the battery chain, from supply to new chemistries to recycling. These companies are bringing in a lot of capital.

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Lithium Americas
Securing enough supply of EV battery materials, especially lithium, is top of mind for auto executives. Startup Lithium Americas could help.
Lithium Americas


The crisis in Ukraine sheds light on the impact that a shortage of a key battery metal could have on the auto business.

The industry has been facing a crisis with the two metals. Securing enough supply of these materials is a top priority for auto executives. These executives need massive amounts of materials at the right price that can be secured in a sustainable way.

They need to do all they can to get this part of the EV supply chain right.

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Electric-car production is booming. 13 startups are trying to cash in on a supply-chain weak link that may soon be worth $34.3 billion.

The cost of an electric car could go up by $2,000 due to nickel prices.

The batteries that power electric vehicles are made by battery makers. Check out the pitch deck that was used to convince Renault to back a $119 million round.

A Rivian vehicle battery pack on the floor of its manufacturing plant in Normal Illinois
The CEO of Rivian, for example, has warned the looming battery shortage will make the chip shortage feel like it's "a small appetizer."

How automakers are navigating the business

Electric products are being bet on by automakers across the globe. There is a threat with the upcoming EV battery supply shortage.

Some are trying to get enough supply. Huge investments are being made in the space. Some people think that their approach to batteries could help them surpass range records. The impact of these shortages will only get worse.

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The upcoming EV battery shortage will make the chip shortage feel small, according to the Rivian CEO.

The $25,000 electric car is not being worked on by Musk right now. That means rival Lucid might beat it.

It is almost nothing to do with the battery, says the CEO of Lucid.

Ample battery swapping
Startup Ample says its battery tech could solve Uber's biggest electric car challenge.

Specific battery technologies

Customers are hesitant to go electric because of range anxiety. The chemistry and technology of a battery can help boost range, performance, and even vehicle safety. The best tech that can give their product and their customers a leg up is being tested by startups.

From solid state makeups to battery swaps to technology that claims to double aTesla's range, startups are pursuing every way to get a competitive advantage in the business.

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The startup used to scoop up $8 million to help electric car makers avoid costly battery recalls.

A startup that says it cracked the code on electric car batteries is poised to help automakers.

The startup that got $50 million from Blackstone this year could be able to solve the biggest electric car problem.

A Michigan startup doubled the range of a car.

An executive at a startup backed by Ford and BMW talked about how solid-state batteries can replace lithium-ion.

A top battery startup has a veteran lead manufacturing. Here is her plan to dominate.

The EV industry has a crucial cost problem, and the startup founders have a plan to solve it.