Samsung supplies cylindrical 18650 cells to Chinese automaker

Samsung SDI e-bike Pack

Samsung SDI will supply cylindrical 18650 format Li-ion battery cells for the new electric SUV iEV6S from , one of China’s top 10 domestic automakers.

The battery pack for the iEV6S will use around 3,000 of Samsung’s 18650 cells. The two companies have signed an MOU for the supply of 50 million battery cells next year.

Samsung SDI High-performance 18650 battery

It’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 SDI’s CEO Nam-Seong Cho said, “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.”

 

Source: Samsung SDI via Green Car Congress

  • Ed

    All good. The more players competing for share, the better.
    I just finished a 8,000 mile trip in our Tesla, and as we were sprinting across the wide open spaces north of Las Vegas, I had a flash-fear: Jeez…we are out here in the middle of nowhere, depending on a whole bunch of laptop batteries!

  • dogphlap dogphlap

    Curiously absent from this piece is the Ah rating of these cells. How much energy in Wh will one of those Samsung cells they are supplying for the iEV6S store ?