EV Motor Deployment Infographic – January 2023

Feb 2023

Below is the January 2023 version of our EV Motor Deployment Infographic, which draws on data from our EV Motors Monthly Assessment and our EV Motors and Systems Quarterly Assessment.

The EV Motors Monthly Assessment provides monthly weighted averages of motor technology demand across vehicle classes, detailing the power and quantity deployed regionally and by vehicle segment. Click here to request a sample of this report.

The EV Motors & Systems Quarterly Outlook forecast provides long-term outlooks for EV penetration, motor technology split, number of motors per vehicle and average vehicle power by vehicle class, based on robust and informed methodologies. Click here to request a demo of this report.


Highlights from this month’s assessment include:
  • LKAB in Sweden discovered a large deposit of rare earth metals near its iron-ore mine in Kiruna, extraction is still a long way off but this is a positive for Europe’s underdeveloped mining capabilities in this area.
  • The Dongfeng Fengshen E70 became the first EV to utilise in-wheel motors in a new all-wheel-drive version of the car.
  • This month’s technology spotlight looks at regenerative braking in EVs, its uses and implications.

In December we again saw the highest ever total for EV motor deployment at 1.63 million motors in BEVs and PHEVs. This brought the total for 2022 to 13.1 million motors. In December PMSM technology secured 80% of the motor deployments, slightly lower than its share over the course of the whole year.
Rho Motion’s Vehicle Power Tracker saw a levelling off in December 2022, actually falling by a fraction of a kW. This is surprising as the seasonal trend for vehicle power is to see consecutive rises in the 2nd and 3rd month of each quarter. In the past this has predominantly been driven by Tesla’s quarterly delivery cycle overlaying a broadly rising vehicle power background. This levelling off could be a sign of Tesla’s delivery cycle beginning to even out, something Tesla executives have been hoping to implement for some months now as the logistical challenges become too difficult. It will remain to be seen whether this is the case especially with price cuts from Tesla in January driving significant order growth in the US especially.

Why do we track EV motors?

As Electric Vehicle and battery market analysts, we track the development of EV motors and motor technology market share across the EV industry, on a monthly basis. Our EV Motors Monthly Assessment is an invaluable tool in understanding how the various technologies affect upstream material demand, particularly copper and rare earth elements, as well as how supply chains of those materials will affect future motor technologies. This report also keeps track of technological developments and movements in the power electronics industry.

Who benefits from subscribing to our EV Motors Monthly Assessment?

The EV Motors Monthly Assessment provides in-depth analysis of vehicle motor power, upstream material demand, and technological developments across the market. This makes it relevant to a wide variety of companies.

This report acts as an invaluable tool to those involved in the motor manufacturing and automotive part supplying industries, where it can be used to inform and build key policies and strategies. It is also a useful reference for those in the investment world, who may be looking to invest into a lesser-known part of the EV sector where significant energy and resources are focused. Other than that, this report can be used to help people better understand the technical side of the market, the dynamics involved, and which technologies are popular.

Anyone operating within the EV supply chain, will benefit from understanding the EV motor market, what is driving it and how it affects the wider EV market.

As part of the work involved to produce our EV Motors Monthly Assessment, we publish a monthly Electric Vehicle Power Tracker, (the full archive can be seen on our membership platform), to offer our members and followers regular insights into power vehicles demand. The Electric Vehicle Power Tracker is an assessment of the sales weighted average maximum total power for PC & LDVs (PHEV & BEV). This is based on monthly vehicle sales and our model-by-model analysis of vehicle motor power.

How do we track the EV motor market?

Our EV Motors Monthly Assessment is a weighted average of electric motor technology across the electric vehicle sector and contains in-depth analysis of vehicle motor power and upstream material demand.

Electric vehicle sales data is obtained from automotive associations at country level. This is done on a model-by-model basis for both BEV and PHEV vehicles for all major markets, and covers a minimum of 90% of total global market sales. This analysis provides a balanced representation of markets with different vehicle characteristics, suppliers and seasonality.

From this stage we assign the appropriate motor technology to each EV model, as multiple motors, often of differing technologies, are common in some vehicle variations. We model this split to generate the most precise overall picture of the industry, which in turn allows us to track the metrics available in the assessment.

Estimates are used where EV specific model data is not explicitly stated. This is based on industry and company reports and primary research. These are then substantiated when official data becomes available.

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