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Automotive markets around the world are building momentum towards vehicle electrification. Clean air regulations are tightening, with many countries setting ambitious new targets, while consumers increasingly look for ways to have a more positive environmental impact.

OEMs are focused on bringing affordable long range xEVs to market to meet this demand. But to do so the industry must overcome difficult chemistry challenges, particularly in the cathode part of the battery cell.

Driving change

With our expertise in complex chemistry we’re at the forefront of battery material development to enable this shift, keeping people moving and helping create a cleaner, healthier world.

We’re using our skills in materials science and electrochemistry to develop market leading high performance battery technologies, focused on materials for highly demanding applications, particularly in the automotive market.

We’ve developed best in class lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials for light and heavy duty vehicles, and are expanding into a wider range including eLNO®, our next generation high energy density battery material.

Three key areas set us apart:

Our heritage in some of the crucial elements of battery materials, such as nickel, stretches back more than a century. We’re also well known in the automotive industry, having produced the world’s first commercial catalytic converter back in 1974. Our extensive history in these global sectors means we can rapidly scale up from lab to production, manufacturing leading edge products that are responsive to the needs of our customers.

Our intelligent use of cobalt gives stability and power while keeping the overall cobalt content of all JM grades competitively low. And our experience in the efficient use of natural resources gives us the supply and buying power to ensure access to the necessary materials while maintaining the best possible buying practices in line with our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Our next generation eLNO technology delivers a step change in energy density compared to current materials. And, based on third party testing in single layer pouch cells1, it has a lower cost per kWh per cycle than both current and future materials, giving market beating value over the lifetime of the product.


Relative cost of material per kWh per cycle to end of useful life1

(chart to scale, indexed with eLNO = 100)

Cost led performance of eLNO battery material














1. Cost per kWh to 80% retention. Results based on third party testing performed by Qinetiq, 2018. Electrochemical data from Qinetiq benchmark testing, cost data from JM. Electrochemical data extrapolated to 30Ah cell level

eLNO is a trademark of the Johnson Matthey group of companies.

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