Samsung SDI will open battery plant in Hungary

Samsung SDI will open battery plant in Hungary
Samsung SDI battery plant in Hungary rendering

Samsung SDI has confirmed that its European battery plant will be built in Hungary:

 

“The new plant in Hungary is expected to help Samsung SDI strengthen its foothold in the battery business, allowing us to manufacture not just battery cells, but packs seamlessly for our clients in Europe and other countries as well.”

 

Also added:

“The new factory will allow us to have three major manufacturing systems for batteries used for EVs.”

 

Samsung SDI already produces battery cells in South Korea and China. The European plant will be the third.

The European battery plant will have an annual battery production capacity for 50.000 electric cars.

 

Currently BMW is Samsung SDI’s cells biggest client. If I’m right, the European factory will produce the new Samsung SDI 120 Ah cells for the BMW i3, that are going to replace the 94 Ah cells used today.

Now we know, the BMW i3 with the 43,2 kWh battery and 160 miles (257 km) EPA range probably won’t arrive before the second half of 2018. Unless the new cells start production in China, but that’s unlikely.

 

 

More info:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/08/133_213074.html

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2016/08/30/0200000000AEN20160830010000320.html

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Thats too bad if the i3 will not get another battery upgrade for 2 years…
    At the i3s pricepoint who would chose it with only 120 miles range over a cheaper 200 mile Bolt and M3, or a even cheaper 160 mile Leaf and Zoe…

    1. I agree. BMW and VW now both look uncompetitive in 2017.

      Of course EVs are still a tiny section of the market, but I don’t think they’ll like it. And in my country, electric cars are a big slice of the market – so the domestic dealers may have a hard time.

    2. BMW customers are not shopping for cheaper.

  2. I’m surprised they can’t/won’t push the 120 Ah cells forward. One would think this could be done by using the same physical size as the 60 and 94 Ah cells – since the new 120 Ah cells are actually smaller.

    And BMW needs it. As things stand they aren’t competitive in 2017 – soundly beaten by at least the Bolt/Ampera-e, LEAF and ZOE.

  3. Btw: there seems to be something wrong with the comments lately. I now get a misleading error message (saying JavaScript and cookies are required to post comments, but both are enabled) when I try to post using my MBP (Safari, El Capitan). I haven’t changed any settings and this worked fine before, so something seems to have changed – perhaps in WordPress? – on your end.

    1. Safari on the iPhone works however (it’s how I’m posting this).

    2. I updated the WordPress theme. The old one was from 2014 and not very good for mobile phones.

      Haven’t found any problems yet with Chrome, both in my Linux laptop and Android phone.

  4. Samsung’s strategy with many smaller factories allows market flexibility and removes single point of failure risks.

  5. In the end, he gives the win to the Mercedes-Benz. While all three are great cars, Watson claims the Merc to be the best all-around luxury wagon.

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