JAC Motors selected Samsung SDI as the lithium-ion battery supplier for its new iEV6S pure-electric cars, unveiled at the 2015 Guangzhou International Auto Parts & Accessories Exhibition.

iEV6S will be equipped with more than 3,000 18650 cells (around 3,000 mAh each) for over 250 km (155 miles) of range (under an unidentified driving cycle).

Memorandum of Understanding for 2016 states 50 million cells will be ordered.

"JAC’s iEV6S will be the first electric SUV in China to cover over 250 km. It will be loaded with approximately 3,000 of Samsung SDI’s high-performance 18650 battery cells. Initiating from early next year, millions of batteries will be supplied from the Cheonan Plant in Korea and the Tianjin Plant in China.

Additionally, JAC Motors signed an MOU with Samsung SDI for the supply of 50 million battery cells next year alone. The two companies promised to collaborate as tactical partners to exchange technology and establish a solid supplier relationship.

Samsung SDI’s 18650 battery is a cylindrical cell about the size of an index finger. Despite its small size, it is powerful with an energy capacity of around 3,000 mAh. Until recently, it had been mostly used on small IT devices or power tools such as laptops, cordless drills, electric screwdrivers, e-bikes, and etc. Among global electric vehicles, Tesla has been the only brand to use 18650 batteries."

According to Samsung SDI, over half of the EVs sold in China (produced by ZOTYE, Geely, JAC, or others) use cylindrical 18650 batteries, which is pretty interesting news.

Samsung SDI’s CEO Nam-Seong Cho said:

“China’s electric vehicle market is rapidly growing and since it is crucial to maintain our position as a leading manufacturer, we are supplying cylindrical 18650 batteries along with the existing squared ones. We will aggressively respond to the demands of Chinese customers and target from various angles.”