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The demands placed on vehicle batteries are increasing, influencing their complexity and affecting how and where motorists replace them. Their complexity makes them more difficult to replace, ...

The demands placed on vehicle batteries are increasing, influencing their complexity and affecting how and where motorists replace them. Their complexity makes them more difficult to replace, impacting motorists' purchasing behaviours and the wider aftermarket. This report draws on Verdict’s proprietary in-house data to explore the factors shaping the batteries market. Learn more with sample pages from our automotive trend report.

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  • 1. Verdict sample pages Understanding the Vehicle Battery Market in European and Emerging Markets page 2 Overview Battery technologies are evolving quickly and are set to have a profound effect on the automotive industry, changing the landscape of the automotive aftermarket in the near future. From the battery simply playing an ancillary role in the start-up procedure, it is now much more central to the running of the car. This has an impact on the aftermarket, influencing how motorists shop for and fit their replacement batteries. The car battery already fulfils a number of roles within the vehicle beyond simply starting the engine. It supplies power to the starter and ignition system to fire the engine, it supplies extra power when the vehicle's electrical load exceeds the supply from the charging system, and it also acts as a voltage stabiliser in the electrical system, evening out voltage spikes and preventing them from damaging other components in the electrical system. In older vehicles, the battery is primarily used only to start the car. Now, as cars become more complex and more reliant on computers and electrical equipment, the battery is under more strain. In stop-start vehicles, it must start the engine many more times than before whilst also continuing to provide power to all of the electrical systems whilst the engine is stopped. As start-stop technologies, hybrid vehicles and pure electric vehicles become more common, the role of the battery in the car – and the technology that underpins it – will change. These changes will affect the aftermarket, as the first wave of vehicles with start- stop technology start to require replacement components, impacting the channels that are able to service and replace these complex batteries. Over the past five years, there has been increasing competition from major players such as Johnson Controls, FIAMM and Exide as manufacturers respond to the challenges that arose out of the recent financial crisis. As a result of the European economic downturn, there has been an excess of supply relative to demand – particularly for standard batteries – as motorists in mature markets in particular have deferred replacing the batteries in their cars until they absolutely have to. This has changed the market, with companies that previously only supplied original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) starting to move into supplying the aftermarket. Looking to the future, the intensity of the competition between battery manufacturers will increase as new players from the consumer electronics sector start to enter the market due to the introduction of lithium-ion batteries. To compete effectively, it will be necessary for battery manufacturers to merge or act in partnership in order to increase their share of the aftermarket, offering a full service to OEMs.
  • 2. Verdict sample pages Understanding the Vehicle Battery Market in European and Emerging Markets page 3 Battery aftermarket sales Battery sales in the aftermarket are driven by a number of factors including the number of vehicles in use, average battery life, average age of vehicles, average miles driven, weather conditions and population growth. Aftermarket demand historically has been less cyclical than OEM demand due to the three- to five-year replacement cycle. Another notable trend in the battery aftermarket relates to the sheer complexity of the starter battery itself and the extent to which an independent garage has the know-how and equipment to install a modern replacement battery. The introduction of more absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries into the market, together with the gradual decrease in the number of standard batteries, will challenge aftermarket players as they are forced to adapt or replace existing equipment in order to be able to service and install this type of battery. While AGM batteries are only just beginning to be seen in the aftermarket, this will change rapidly as there are many vehicles in the parc that are now beginning to reach the point of replacement, and manufacturers are continuing to develop vehicles with these batteries fitted as standard. As a result, the expectation is that AGM batteries will overtake standard batteries in the aftermarket within the next five years. This will profoundly change the shape of the aftermarket. Vehicles equipped with a start-stop function will remove the possibility of the motorist replacing the battery themselves because the process is too expensive and complex, with motorists having to use alternative channels, particularly vehicle manufacturer networks (VMNs) for the installation of their batteries. To find out more about the aftermarket opportunities in the automotive sector please contact enquiries@verdictretail.com The full report is available to purchase in our store. Some of our recent aftermarket channel report titles: MOTORIST ATTITUDES TO COMPONENT REPLACEMENT: INSIGHT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ATTITUDES TOWARD VEHICLE SERVICING AND REPLACEMENT: INSIGHT AND RECOMMENDATIONS HOW MOTORISTS USE THE INTERNET: INSIGHT AND RECOMMENDATIONS