Samsung SDI battery cells

Samsung SDI battery cells

Audi today released an important announcement on battery suppliers for its all-electric SUV with more than 500 km (310 miles) range NEDC. We expect to see the concept version of this SUV at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

There will be two battery suppliers - LG Chem and Samsung SDI.

And for the very first time, lithium-ion battery cells for Audi will be produced in Europe.

Bringing cell production to Europe must mean that Audi expects high-volume, at least high enough to produce cells locally.

"Audi will develop the battery for a purely electrically powered sport utility vehicle on the basis of powerful cell modules from the South Korean suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The two Audi partners plan to invest in the cell technology in Europe and will supply the Ingolstadt-based car producer from their European plants. The new technology will give drivers of the Audi sport utility vehicle a range of more than 500 kilometers."

Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Procurement stated:

“Together with our South Korean development partners, we are bringing production of the latest battery‑cell technology to the EU and strengthening European industry with this key technology,”. The cell modules are to offer particularly high performance. “This will allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers.”

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Development said:

“With our first battery‑electric Audi‑SUV, we are combining an emission‑free drive system with driving pleasure. “We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range.”

The first question that arises is why are there two battery cell suppliers for one electric SUV? Whether LG Chem and Samsung SDI will develop and produce cells jointly or one of the two will fade at later stage of the race is unknown? Or maybe there will be two battery-sizes available, one consisting of cells from one company, and the second consisting of cells from the other company? Or maybe there will be more than one model, not yet announced?  Lots of questions...few answers.