Samsung SDI completes EV battery plant in Hungary

Samsung SDI High-performance 18650 battery

Samsung SDI has completed construction of a new EV battery plant in Hungary. Located in the town of Goed, 30 kilometers north of Budapest, the plant is capable of producing batteries for 50,000 vehicles annually. Operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.

The new plant will allow the company to save logistics costs and improve customer service in Europe. The company envisions it as one leg of a global tripod of EV battery production, together with plants in Ulsan, South Korea and Xian, China.

“State-of-the-art technology of Samsung SDI will be applied to batteries to be made in this plant in Hungary,” said Samsung SDI President Jun Young-hyun. “Batteries are one of the most important parts supplied to global car makers. I expect the plant to contribute much to the growth of the European electric vehicle market.”

 

Source: Samsung SDI via Green Car Congress

  • Eco Logical

    Is that 50,000 ‘short-range’ or ‘long-range’ vehicles?

    Samsung’s new battery factory is good news but we need much, much more battery manufacturing capacity to keep up with explosive demand for upcoming BEVs being released by almost every major automaker.

  • WebUserAtLarge

    50K? Really? This is not even dipping your toes in to test the waters. Tesla has one almost completed to make enough for .5M EVs, AND! currently scoping locations for 2-3 more. Tesla alone will have 10 – 20 at some point. Chinese are ramping up in a similar scope as well. This does not make Samsung a serious competitor in the industry.

  • earl colby pottinger

    Some short range cars only have 20+Kwhr vs Tesla’s 100 Kwhr in their long range models.

    So this could be a very small factory, what we need to know is the production rate in watt hours not cars.