Automaker Audi will work with LG Chem and Samsung SDI to develop new electric batteries able to power its vehicles up to 300 miles on a single charge.
Audi will receive support from LG and Samsung, as they "invest in the cell technology in Europe", aimed for Audi SUV. Of course, the S6 isn't expected for release until 2018, so they have a bit of time to test different technologies.
"With our first battery-electric Audi-SUV, we are combining an emission-free drive system with driving pleasure," said Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi AG for Development board member, in a public statement. "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."
Audi is taking a serious step forward with this partnership, hoping auto buyers are interested in electric vehicles. Besides Tesla, no one else has thrown a large amount of weight behind all-electric vehicles - though General Motors, Nissan, BMW, and other companies are showing increased interest in all-electric models.
LG Chem currently works with General Motors, Daimler AG and Renault SA, while Samsung develops technology for Volkswagen and BMW.