JAC Motors Getting 18650 Battery Cells From Samsung SDI

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Of all the electric vehicles on the market, only Tesla’s Model S and Model X use small, cylindrical, 18650 battery cells (which Tesla gets from Panasonic). However, Chinese automaker JAC Motors is breaking away from the mold, and Samsung SDI (which is a juggernaut in the battery storage world) is showing that it will match Panasonic’s offering and sell 18650 battery cells to automakers as well, beginning with JAC Motors. No, we have no idea what the price is, but I’d venture to guess it’s close to Panasonic’s price. Here’s more on the news, via EV Obsession. —Zach Shahan

Samsung SDI Agrees To Supply JAC Motors With Cylindrical EV Batteries

Samsung SDI will reportedly supply JAC Motors with the batteries used in the electric iEV6S SUV — recently unveiled at the 2015 Guangzhou International Auto Parts & Accessories Exhibition.

samsungAs the JAC Motors iEV6S will be the first electric SUV in China to possess a range of over 250 kilometers per charge, the deal with Samsung SDI shouldn’t be too surprising — there are, after all, only so many suppliers for such needs.

The new electric SUV will reportedly make use of around 3,000 of Samsung SDI’s high-performance 18650 battery cells. Supply is set to begin next year, and will be based out of the Cheonan Plant in Korea, and also out of the Tianjin Plant in China (reportedly).

A recent press release provides more:

Additionally, JAC Motors signed an MOU with Samsung SDI for the supply of 50 million battery cells next year alone. The two companies promised to collaborate as tactical partners to exchange technology and establish a solid supplier relationship.

Samsung SDI’s 18650 battery is a cylindrical cell about the size of an index finger. Despite its small size, it is powerful with an energy capacity of around 3,000 mAh. Until recently, it had been mostly used on small IT devices or power tools such as laptops, cordless drills, electric screwdrivers, e-bikes, and etc. Among global electric vehicles, Tesla has been the only brand to use 18650 batteries.

Samsung SDI CEO Nam-Seong Cho stated: “China’s electric vehicle market is rapidly growing and since it is crucial to maintain our position as a leading manufacturer, we are supplying cylindrical 18650 batteries along with the existing squared ones. We will aggressively respond to the demands of Chinese customers and target from various angles.”

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7 thoughts on “JAC Motors Getting 18650 Battery Cells From Samsung SDI

  • GM says the price is $145/kWh.

    So I hope that Samsung is selling these cells for no more than $200/kWh.

  • I get the feeling that the world should have agreed to a common 200 kW charging plug before making 250 km range cars.

    BrighSun Group make buses that are recharged using a 500 kW socket!

    • I hope we get a common standard soon. It should be easy for them to make one. If they don’t come together then eventually governments will force a standard on them.

      • While Standards should be easy they never are. Why you ask, well money of course. And Kenwood is likely right, to get to a standard in the soon, not 10-20 years, likely governments will have to step in. If China, USA, EU (largest EV markets) agreed that they want one standard, would be nice if it happen at COP. Call for submittal, with requirement that you have to alway free use of any tech in the standard. Of course if those 3 did, others would join. Lock the N standard groups in a room until they agree.

      • Government will not.

        I wish government would force industry to agree to a common battery size for video cameras, remote controls, cameras, cordless drills.

        They all agree to use SD cards for data, if they agreed to develop a standard battery for cordless drills, we could switch brands easily and spend less on batteries.

      • Wow! 350 kW charging plug!

        Great going.

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