Audi to work with LG Chem and Samsung SDI on batteries for electric SUV
South Korean suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI are to partner with Audi on batteries for its new electric SUV, which will bring a range of more than 500km (311 miles).
The two Audi firms plan to invest in the cell technology in Europe and will supply the Ingolstadt-based car producer from their European plants.
“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,” stated Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Procurement. 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.”
“With our first battery electric Audi SUV, we are combining an emission-free drive system with driving pleasure,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Development. “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.”