Samsung SDI Considering Building EV Battery Plant in Illinois, US Senator Says


South Korea’s Samsung SDI is contemplating constructing a battery plant in central Illinois, Senator Dick Durbin informed reporters on Thursday.

Durbin mentioned Samsung is in discussions to construct a battery plant in Normal, Illinois, in accordance with a video of the press convention posted on the Pantagraph newspaper web site. Electric-vehicle startup Rivian has a manufacturing unit in Normal and mentioned in April that Samsung SDI would provide battery cells for its autos.

“We are competing for a major Samsung battery facility. The delegation came in from Korea this week. I spoke to them and others did as well,” Durbin mentioned. “This Samsung facility, we hope, will be located next door to Rivian. That decision has not been made. Having that battery facility will also create thousands of jobs.”

Last month, Reuters reported that Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Electronics, could construct a battery cell plant in the United States. Reuters additionally reported that Samsung SDI has been in talks to produce batteries manufactured at a possible US manufacturing unit with electrical car makers together with Stellantis and Rivian, which is backed by Amazon and Ford.

The South Korean battery maker is contemplating investing at the least KRW 3 trillion (roughly Rs. 19,050 crores) to fabricate batteries for Stellantis and a minimal of KRW 1 trillion (roughly Rs. 6,350 crores) for batteries to Rivian, in accordance with the supply.

The supply added that Samsung SDI has not but determined whether or not to launch the US plant as a three way partnership with carmakers, or as an impartial manufacturing website.

Samsung SDI officers have been making enterprise journeys to Detroit not too long ago to debate battery provide points with Stellantis, an individual with information of the matter informed Reuters.

Samsung SDI has EV battery vegetation in South Korea, China, and Hungary, which provide clients comparable to BMW, Ford, Volvo, and Volkswagen.

Samsung and Durbin’s workplace didn’t instantly remark Thursday. Rivian declined to remark.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Rivian is in discussions to speculate at the least $5 billion (roughly Rs. 37,140 crores) in a brand new car plant close to Fort Worth, Texas, a metropolis doc confirmed. Durbin additionally mentioned he anticipated Rivian to broaden in Illinois and add extra jobs.

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