Samsung SDI and Lucid Motors announced a strategic partnership for battery cell supply. Samsung SDI will be a major supplier of next-generation lithium-ion cells for Lucid’s first vehicle, an executive sedan scheduled to begin production in late 2018.
Samsung SDI and Lucid Motros have collaborated to develop next-generation cylindrical cells that are able to exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life and safety. Significantly, this jointly developed cell achieves breakthrough tolerance to repeated fast charging.
“I have been very pleased with the results of the collaboration with Samsung SDI in developing a cell chemistry that meets our stringent standards,” said Albert Liu, PhD, Lucid’s Director of Battery Technology. “Samsung SDI combined their in-house chemistry expertise with massive real-world datasets and state-of-the-art battery models provided by Lucid to develop a cell that is both energy dense and resistant to damage associated with fast-charging.”
“The breakthrough battery life demonstrated by the new cell from Samsung SDI will be of tangible benefit to our customers, particularly companies with ride-sharing services operating around the clock,” said Peter Rawlinson, CTO of Lucid. “I look forward to continued collaboration with Samsung SDI.”
“As the leading manufacturer of lithium-ion cells in the world, we are excited to be increasing our participation in automotive applications,” said J.Y. Youn, Samsung SDI Vice President of Sales. “It is an honor to be working with Lucid to help push their vision forward.”