Hyundai announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SK On to secure battery supplies for their upcoming EV manufacturing facility in Georgia.
Rumors have circulated over the past few days regarding Hyundai looking for a partner to produce batteries that could supply their upcoming EV production facility in Georgia. And while the most recent leak suggested that the Korean auto giant was looking to work with LG Chem, Hyundai has announced that they will be working with SK On, who will begin to supply them with batteries starting in 2025.
Hyundai’s announcement didn’t include any information on the upcoming facility; however, from the previous leak regarding a deal with SK On, Hyundai was considering partnering to build a single battery manufacturing facility in Georgia with an annual capacity of 20GWh. The proposed facility would come at the cost of roughly $1.88 billion.
In Hyundai’s press release, Heung-soo Kim, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group, stated, “Through the EV battery MOU, we will be able to further accelerate our efforts to secure EV leadership in the U.S. market. We expect the stable supply of EV batteries from SK On will also enable us to contribute to emissions reduction and meet climate goals in the U.S. market.”
It is unclear if this deal means that Hyundai will abandon any possible cooperation with LG Chem, yet the agreement with LG was rumored to be far more extensive than the deal with SK. In the potential partnership with LG, Hyundai would build two battery manufacturing facilities, each with a capacity of 35GWh. No cost information was made available about this second possible deal.
With the signing of this MOU, Hyundai will now be working to begin construction on its new network of production facilities in Georgia. The EV plant is a big focus. Still, Hyundai is also establishing a joint venture with a parts supplier, and now they must work to build this upcoming battery facility. All of their facilities are aiming to begin production around the years 2025 and 2026.
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