Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Batteries

SK Innovation To Invest ~$777 Million Into EV Battery Production Facility In Hungary

The South Korea–based electric vehicle battery technology firm SK Innovation will be investing 840.2 billion won (around $777 million) into the development of an electric vehicle battery production facility in Hungary, according to reports.

The South Korea–based electric vehicle battery technology firm SK Innovation will be investing 840.2 billion won (around $777 million) into the development of an electric vehicle battery production facility in Hungary, according to reports.

This new facility is intended to help the company meet growing demand for its products in the European auto sector — with such demand expected to grow rapidly over the coming years as more plug-in electric models are brought to market by manufacturers in a hurry to meet tightening regulatory standards and not have their lunch eaten by Tesla and other fast-moving competitors.

The threat of zero emissions zones in the central districts of some major cities is expected to spur growth in the sector as well.

“SK Innovation, which owns South Korea’s top refiner SK Energy, plans to break ground in February 2018 and start production from early 2020, the company said in a statement,” as reported by Reuters. “The announcement comes as SK Innovation and other South Korean EV battery makers have suffered a major setback in China, the world’s top auto market, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

“Electric vehicles powered by South Korean batteries have been excluded from state subsidies in China. SK Innovation has suspended an EV battery pack plant in China with China’s Beijing Automotive Group and Beijing Electronics, and had also delayed a plan to build an EV battery cell factory in China.”

Overall, that no doubt makes for a situation whereby the European market is looking increasingly attractive — hence the increasing investment plans.

The new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility will reportedly possess a production capacity of around 7.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) a year. Customers, as one would guess, are expected to include Daimler (Mercedes-Benz). SK Innovation also produces EV batteries for Kia.

Related:

SK Innovation Set To Quadruple EV Battery Cell Production In 2018

SK Innovation Raises Battery Production By 25%

Panasonic Dominates EV Battery Cell Production Rankings

Tesla Considers LG Chem, Samsung SDI, & SK Innovation Batteries

Mercedes Snubs LG & Panasonic & Samsung, Goes With SK Innovation For Future Batteries

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

Driving an EV is fun and surprising! Luxury, confidence, and being visionary are also themes that emerge in automakers' recent shift to EV marketing....

Clean Transport

First Pennsylvania, now Australia, then Europe: Wabtec is taking its 100% electric locomotives on the road.

Batteries

Electric vehicles often differ based on different battery technologies. US-based electric automaker Tesla has set the trend for years. According to Yang Jie at...

Cars

I recently shared the story of “Dirty Tesla,” who debunked an opinion piece by the Washington Post about how the Virginia winter traffic disaster...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.