The United States should not rely on unstable foreign countries to meet critical energy storage needs. The lead battery industry has an established network of domestic manufacturing, collection and recycling facilities. Together, they create a circular economy that ensures consistent lead battery fulfillment and quick scalability within the U.S.
Established Domestic Infrastructure
The lead battery industry operates more than 165 GWh of annual manufacturing capacity in the U.S., which was the largest battery manufacturing base in the nation as of 2022. Research shows:
The U.S. supports more than 38,000 direct U.S. manufacturing jobs and a total of 121,000 jobs in every major section of the country.
Over 90% of lead batteries sold in the U.S. are manufactured in North America (most within the U.S.) by more than 50 manufacturing facilities.
59% of the lead metal used by U.S. battery manufacturers is sourced from domestic recyclers.
BCI supports policies that maintain and strengthen domestic manufacturing, as well as policies that remove barriers to U.S. manufacturers remaining globally competitive:
Expand Domestic Manufacturing Incentives: BCI supports incentive programs for existing domestic manufacturers to grow and upgrade their operations and make technological innovations to increase domestic production. Grants, tax provisions and other incentives ensure that domestic manufacturers remain globally competitive. It is important that these incentives are available across industry sectors and across all battery chemistries.
Remove Costly Hurdles for Domestic Battery Manufacturers: BCI supports the USA Batteries Act, which would reverse harmful excise taxes on domestic battery manufacturers. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed in the 117th Congress, created a new tax on certain chemicals, including those used in the manufacturing process of lead batteries. This is only a tax on domestic manufacturers, which not only creates a new cost for domestic lead battery manufacturers, but also a competitive advantage for foreign lead battery manufacturers.