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LG Chem Says It’s Ready To Supply 300 Mile, 120 kWh Batteries

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During the 28th Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition in Goyang, South Korea, earlier this month, LG Chem announced that they were ready to supply much larger lithium-ion batteries packages to those interested in producing all-electric vehicles that would rival the Tesla Model S in range.
(The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt Will Come With LG Chem Batteries Inside)

More specifically, the battery maker says it can supply EVs that have a target range of 200 to 300 miles.

LG Chem is already the chosen supplier for many plug-in vehicles with ranges under 100 miles – such as the Chevrolet Spark EV, Renault Zoe, Ford Focus EV, Volvo V60/XC90 T8, Chevrolet Volt, Renault Twizy – and many more.

As for future 200 mile EVs, LG Chem has already signed the deal to power the Chevrolet Bolt EV with next generation battery technology, which will likely arrive in early 2017. But even with that deal, given the size of the Bolt (think Chevy Sonic small), the battery pack itself is likely to only be around 50 kWh, roughly double that of the current generation Nissan LEAF.

Renault Inks Battery Deal With LG Chem Earlier In 2014

LG Chem said at EVS 28 that they were now beginning to offer to supply automakers even larger capacity battery packages (presumably in smaller 2nd generational packaging – relatively speaking) ranging from 80Wh to 120 kWh, that’s 40% larger than the largest pack found in the Tesla Model S.

This revelation might explain why the Volkswagen Group, users of LG Chem batteries, have been seemingly burying us under endless PR for future long range EVs of late – most recently with the 310 mile Audi Q6 e-tron SUV, and 265 mile Porsche sedan for 2017/2018.

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Faraday Future Teams Up with LG Chem for EV Batteries

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Faraday Future is collaborating with LG Chem in producing high-powered batteries for Faraday’s next release, such as the FFZero1 supercar and other automobiles with their new electric car mechanism.

Faraday’s FFZero1 was unveiled during Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It is a supercar that is named after a Nintendo video game, F-Zero.

“As a leading supplier of automotive cells and batteries, we are proud to work alongside Faraday Future as we work together to create the next generation of electric vehicles,” said UB Lee, president of Energy Solution Company of LG Chem, via Review Journal.

LG Chem is a big supplier of electronic vehicle (EV) batteries and the largest Korean chemical company. The sub-company of which just signed a $2.4 billion contract under Faraday Future. According to CNET, Faraday wants to work together with LG Chem to bring the “world’s highest energy density for a production automotive battery.”

The Future Mega Battery by Faraday

Faraday and LG Chem’s future car can be powered by a small battery that has strong performance without making the batteries heavy.

Faraday has formulated variable platform architecture (VPA) which was first introduced by Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen. VPA is created to produce different cars with various sizes, power sources and battery composition.

“LG Chem worked closely with Faraday Future to develop a tailored cell chemistry to optimize the range and safety of our mass production battery hardware,” said Tom Wessner, vice-president of Global Supply Chain at Faraday Future. “At FF, we are working with world-class suppliers to advance our technological innovations, and we look forward to our relationship with LG Chem as we push towards our vision of future mobility.”

Electric Vehicles Are The Next Supercars

If LG Chem is creating batteries for Faraday’s electric vehicles, then Panasonic has partnership with Tesla. Tesla is famous for its vehicles with prismatic cells and not cylindrical cells usually present in electronic products unlike automakers with electric cars.

LG Chem has supplied EV batteries for Chevy Bolt and Renault Zoe, according to Engadget, so it is interesting to see what their partnership with Faraday Future would produce.

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