Last year, the Korean battery cell maker SK innovation announced that it would introduce NCM 811 battery cells for electric cars during this year. A few days later LG Chem announced that it would introduce the same technology even earlier than its competitor.
However, now it looks that both battery cell makers were advertising something they probably didn’t intend to accomplish, just to boost the stock market.
LG Chem recently confirmed that this year the company will only produce NCM 811 battery cells in cylindrical format to be used in electric buses. Similarly, now SK innovation also confirms that it will postpone the release of NCM 811 battery cells for electric cars.
It seems that both cell makers aren’t confident enough in this new battery technology yet and are testing it at small scale – with electric buses and ESS (Energy Storage Systems).
Anyway, this means that the Kia Niro EV won’t have NCM 811 battery cells. It seems that SK innovation NCM 811 battery cells for EVs will be first introduced in the electric Mercedes SUV next year.
Thanks Chris. for the heads up.