Audi Announces New Partners To Build Its 300-Mile Battery

Audi has been loosely discussing its upcoming all-electric SUV for several months, and has now released a few details about the vehicle’s 300-mile battery.

The automaker announced yesterday it will be collaborating with the Korean-based battery companies LG Chem and Samsung SDI to build this battery.

These companies “plan to invest in the cell technology in Europe and will supply the Ingolstadt-based car producer from their European plants,” said Audi.

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A concept drawing of Audi’s all-electric SUV, which may be named the Q6.

Audi said this battery will power its impending battery-electric SUV, which will possibly be named the Q6. With a range of 300 all-electric miles, Audi’s SUV will have a far greater range than both BMW’s 70-mile range i3 and Tesla’s estimated 200 miles of range for the Model X.

Consumers will have to be patient, though, as the Q6 isn’t expected to launch until 2018. And by then, it will likely have lost its range advantage as competing carmakers release electric crossovers with a similar battery capacity.

“We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the board of management of Audi AG for development, of the new battery.

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Details on the battery’s chemistry and setup wasn’t shared with the announcement. However, both LG Chem and Samsung SDI both have a solid footing in the automotive industry with lithium-ion products. It’s probable that this same chemistry will power Audi’s battery.

LG Chem supplies lithium-ion batteries for vehicles that include the Ford Focus, GM Spark and Renault ZOE. Samsung SDI is the main supplier for BMW, with a contract to build packs for the i3, the i8 and any other upcoming electrified vehicle from the carmaker. In addition to its lithium-ion division, Samsung plans to release a lithium-air fuel cell battery in the next five years, and is also working with Ford Motor Company on a hybrid lead acid-lithium-ion battery.