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.”
“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.