LG Chem to supply Li-ion cells to Faraday Future; targeting highest energy density production cell for automotive battery
4 October 2016
Faraday Future (FF) announced a partnership with LG Chem to supply lithium-ion cells for FF’s electric vehicles. The partnership also represents a joint commitment between both companies to collaborate on the development of EV battery technology, resulting in the world’s highest energy density for a production automotive battery.
These cells will be incorporated into Faraday Future’s VPA platform, the company’s universal and scalable modular battery structure that supports the development of a range of vehicles. The VPA platform is a critical component to Faraday Future’s future product portfolio.
LG Chem worked closely with Faraday Future to develop a tailored cell chemistry to optimize the range and safety of our mass production battery hardware.—Tom Wessner, VP of Global Supply Chain, Faraday Future
VPA is based on a modular, compact block of battery cells (modules). These battery blocks are assembled into groups of six and arranged into strings, which are then laid into the chassis floor. By adding or removing a battery string, FF can adjust a vehicle’s size, shape, weight, power output, and travel range.
|Faraday Future’s VPA. Battery modules (upper left) are assembled into 6-unit strings (upper right), which are then added or subtracted to vehicle design according to size and application requirements. Click to enlarge.|
Adding strings enhances range; removing strings decreases weight and increases efficiency.
FF argues that by manufacturing using a core, customizable framework, it can bring new vehicles to market quickly with lower environmental impact.
LG Chem currently has more than 20 global automakers as customers.