Samsung SDI will supply cylindrical 18650 format Li-ion battery cells for the new electric SUV iEV6S from , one of Chinaâ€™s top 10 domestic automakers.
The battery pack for the iEV6S will use around 3,000 of Samsungâ€™s 18650 cells. The two companies have signed an MOU for the supply of 50 million battery cells next year.
Itâ€™s a switch for Samsung, which is better known for its prismatic cells, and a new frontier for the 18650 format, which until now only Tesla has been using in automobiles.
Samsung SDIâ€™s CEO Nam-Seong Cho said, â€œChinaâ€™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.â€