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28 03 2019 03

Volkswagen’s presumed plans to enter the mass production of battery cells for electric cars with the support of its Korean partner SK Innovation are apparently being torpedoed by the other cell suppliers who have been active for Volkswagen to date.

According to the German Manager Magazin, a project worth billions was to be approved as early as December, entailing the construction of up to three major battery cell factories in Germany. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is said to have been prepared to make multi-billion investments to secure the company’s enormous electrification program.

But according to the report, there is resistance from current cell suppliers. LG Chem, in particular, is resisting and In particular, LG Chem is against it and threatens “to stop supplying if VW enters production with SK Innovation,” and this possibly immediately. The business magazine refers to managers who are familiar with the negotiations.

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