LG Chem Confirmed As Li-ion Battery Supplier For New Smart EV
Daimler intends to introduce the new 2016 smart, which will be available at a later date in all-electric version.
As we guessed, the battery supplier for the new smart fortwo electric drive (and smart forfour electric drive) will be LG Chem, while cells will be installed into packs by Daimler’s Deutsche ACCUmotive.
Previous lithium-ion cell supplier for smart was Li-Tec. Current generation of smart is equipped with a 17.6 kWh battery.
Sales of new smart EV is scheduled for 2016. There are no details on battery size or energy density at this point in time, but for sure we can expect a price reduction.
Young Soo Kwon, the President of Energy Solution Company, LG Chem said:
“LG Chem’s battery business and technology have been world-widely acknowledged once again as our products are continuously being installed by major automobile makers from their commodity brands to premium vehicles”.
“LG Chem’s will continue to lead the EV battery market with differentiated technology to make us stand up as global No.1 battery manufacturer.”