Audi will produce the battery for its all-electric SUV from the battery cells developed by Korean companies LG Chem and Samsung SDI.

As reported by Audi, both Korean partners developing the batteries for its SUV, most likely for Audi Q6 E-Tron, which will be previewed in concept form in Frankfurt, will make investments in Europe, where the batteries will also be manufactured.

The new batteries will ensure a driving range of over 500 kilometres. It may be concluded that the batteries will be lithium-ion with a mixture of nickel, cobalt and manganese that will provide a favourable ratio between power, energy, thermal stability and costs. Such batteries were the subject of the patent agreement signed recently by the companies 3M and LG Chem. The latter is also a partner in the development of batteries for the new Audi.

A Member of the Audi Management Board for Development, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, said upon the announcement of the cooperation: "Our first all-electric SUV will combine an emission-free driving system with driving pleasure. Innovative battery cells to be developed by LG Chem and Samsung SDI will be optimally integrated in the vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range."

Aug. 18, 2015 Driving photo: Audi

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