After LG Chem decided to build its European battery plant in Poland, with a production capacity of 229.000 EV batteries per year, Samsung SDI has no other choice than to follow the lead and it’s now searching for a location for its battery plant in Europe.
This is what Samsung SDI said:
“We are in talks over the establishment of the plant with the Hungarian government but we haven’t decided on specific investment figures and exact time yet.”
Hungary is a logical location because Samsung SDI already has there its plasma display panel factory that it’s deactivated since 2007.
Another possible location is Austria, where is located Magna Steyr’s battery division that was acquired by Samsung SDI last year.
The last possibility is Germany, where BMW builds the i3 electric car that uses Samsung SDI cells in its batteries.
At this time Samsung SDI is negotiating incentives with the Governments to then choose the best offer.
“We are continuing talks with local governments, but the final destination has not yet been decided.”
I remember that the opening of Samsung SDI battery plant in China brought the 94 Ah cells, maybe the European battery plant will produce the most expected 120 Ah cells for the BMW i3. How much do you want to see the BMW i3 with a 43,2 kWh battery and 160 EPA miles (257 km) range?