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Hyundai, Kia Team Up with Exide to Produce EV Batteries in India


In a significant move towards sustainable mobility, South Korean automotive giants Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have forged a strategic partnership with Exide Energy Solutions Ltd., an Indian battery manufacturer. The joint effort aims to localize EV battery production within India, a critical step in enhancing the country’s EV ecosystem.

Focusing on Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LFP) Cells

The collaboration centers around the production of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells, a type of battery technology known for its safety, longevity, and environmental friendliness. By manufacturing these cells locally, Hyundai and Kia intend to reduce costs, enhance supply chain efficiency, and contribute to India’s ambitious clean energy goals.

Strengthening India’s EV Industry

Mr. S.S. Kim, Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai Motor India, expressed optimism about the partnership: “India is a key market for Hyundai and Kia, and we are committed to supporting the government’s vision of electrification. By teaming up with Exide Energy Solutions, we aim to strengthen the local EV ecosystem and provide high-quality batteries for our electric vehicles.”

Mr. Ho-Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Corporation, echoed this sentiment: “Our collaboration with Exide Energy Solutions aligns perfectly with our ‘Plan S’ strategy, which focuses on sustainable mobility solutions. Together, we will contribute to India’s transition to cleaner transportation.”

Boosting Affordability and Accessibility

The localization of EV battery production holds several advantages. First, it reduces dependence on imported components, thereby lowering input costs. Second, it ensures a steady supply of batteries, supporting the growing demand for electric vehicles in India. Finally, it paves the way for more competitive pricing, making EVs accessible to a broader segment of the population.

Exide Energy Solutions: A Key Player

Exide Energy Solutions Ltd., headquartered in Kolkata, has a strong track record in battery manufacturing. The company’s expertise in energy storage solutions positions it as a valuable partner for Hyundai and Kia. By leveraging Exide’s local presence and technical know-how, the automakers can accelerate their battery localization efforts.

A Win-Win Collaboration

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Hyundai, Kia, and Exide signifies a commitment to sustainable growth and innovation. As India continues its journey towards a greener future, this partnership promises to drive positive change in the automotive landscape.

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