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SK Innovation to expand EV battery lines in Seosan

According to Yonhap News,

(SEOUL=Yonhap News) SK Innovation Co. said Thursday it has decided to invest more than 1 trillion won (US$925 million) to boost electric vehicle (EV) battery production capacity to meet growing demand.

The South Korean EV battery maker said it has decided to invest about 150 billion won to expand production capacity of lithium-ion battery separators, a key component in EV batteries, in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong Province.

It also announced a plan to expand EV battery production lines in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province. The latest investment will raise domestic production capacity of EV cells to a combined 4.7 GWh.

Batteries to be produced in the new facility in Seosan could enable a car to travel 500 kilometers -- the distance between New York and Plattsburgh -- on a single charge, according to the company.

SK Innovation is South Korea's top oil refiner, but it has been pushing into the EV battery business since 2008 as part of efforts to find new revenue sources.

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Source: Yonhap News (Nov. 30, 2017)
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