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LG Energy Solution & Toyota Ink Major North American EV Battery Deal

Source: LG Energy Soluition

Seoul, South Korea / Tokyo, Japan - LG Energy Solution has formalized a significant EV battery supply agreement with Toyota Motor Corp.

The Key Points

  • Contract Details: LG Energy Solution will supply 20 gigawatt hours (GWh) of EV batteries to Toyota annually for ten years. This contract represents the company's most significant single battery order outside joint ventures.
  • Location: The contract is for the North American market. LG Energy Solution will invest $3 billion (or KRW 4 trillion) to expand its plant in Michigan to create production lines dedicated to Toyota EV batteries.
  • Capacity growth: The Michigan plant's production capacity is expected to reach 40GWh by 2025 after the plant's modifications.
  • Battery type: Toyota will receive high nickel NCMA (nickel, cobalt, manganese, aluminum) sealed batteries. The NCMA composition will be approximately 90% nickel.
  • Cooperation: This contract initiates the business relationship between LG Energy Solution and Toyota, marking a noteworthy development in the North American EV market.
  • Customer base: With this agreement, LG Energy Solution's customer portfolio includes the top five global automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen Group, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Hyundai Motor Group, and General Motors Co.
  • Toyota's market position: In 2022, on a consolidated basis, net sales for the period totaled JPY 37.154 trillion ($275.2 billion), establishing its position as the world's leading automaker. Within North America, Toyota is second only to General Motors.

The Big Picture

Toyota's goals: Toyota's strategy calls for introducing 30 EV models and annual sales of 3.5 million EVs worldwide by 2030. A central component of this approach is the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the U.S., which prioritizes locally manufactured batteries for EVs.

Statements: Tetsuo Ogawa, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, emphasized the importance of ensuring a consistent supply of lithium-ion batteries. Similarly, Young-Soo Kwon, Vice Chairman and CEO of LG Energy Solution, recognized the agreement's role in strengthening North American manufacturing.

Expansion plans: By 2025, LG Energy Solution will operate eight battery manufacturing facilities in North America in partnership with GM, Hyundai Motor Group, Honda Motor Co., and Stellantis N.V.