TodayApril 15, 2022

Hyundai and SK ~ Battery as a Service (BaaS)

Battery technology and infrastructure

  • Collaboration to cover diverse areas including EV battery sales solutions, battery reuse, and recycling
  • Strengthen the stability of the battery supply chain and maximize added value by creating a virtuous cycle of resources
  • Two parties to enhance the competitiveness of battery reuse business in the EV era
  • Hyundai Motor Group continues expanding cooperation with global battery industry players to explore new business opportunities and improve technologies

Hyundai Motor Group and SK Innovation Co. have agreed to cooperate in developing a sustainable ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) batteries that are key to the future mobility industry.

Today, the two parties announced their plan to cooperate in diverse business areas related to the EV battery industry, including battery sales solutions, battery management service, and battery reuse, and recycling.

The collaboration stems from the companies’ shared need to create a battery value chain and strengthen eco-friendliness in business operations covering the entire lifecycle of EV batteries.
Unlike existing cooperation schemes between mobility companies and battery companies that tend to center on battery supply, the Hyundai-SK cooperation aims for a virtuous cycle of battery usage known as the battery as a Service (BaaS), which includes a lease or rental service. As a result, the two companies expect to catalyze the spread of diverse cooperation systems between mobility and battery companies.

Through this partnership, the two parties goals are

  • to strengthen the stability of the battery supply chain
  • create a virtuous cycle of resources from recycling to production
  • reduce carbon emissions
  • encourage optimal design that connects EVs and battery reuse
  • create synergies by maximizing added value through the optimal design of batteries

Both sides are focusing on the initial process of collecting and verifying the battery pack of Kia Motors’ Niro EV model.

The two companies will

These innovations are expected to enhance the battery recycling industry’s value and competitiveness, which will buttress the future EV era.
Furthermore, Hyundai Motor Group and SK Innovation plan to synergize their respective affiliates’ business infrastructures and capabilities spanning diverse industries, thereby strengthening their battery competitiveness and expanding related sectors’ growth.

“Hyundai Motor Group’s cooperation with SK Innovation, a first-tier battery supplier for our Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will be introduced in 2021, marks a critical first step in maximizing synergies between mobility and battery companies,” said Youngcho Chi, President and Chief Innovation Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “We expect our cooperation to play an immensely positive role in strengthening Hyundai-Kia’s competitiveness in clean mobility as well as expanding the supply of eco-friendly EVs.”

“This collaboration between Hyundai Motor Group, which is leading the popularization of EVs in the global market, and SK Innovation, which possesses the advanced technology in battery development and recycling, is highly meaningful in that the two have joined forces to collaborate across the entire EV cycle,” said Dongseob Jee, President of SK Innovation’s Battery Business. “Both companies will create a seamless collaboration system to explore new business opportunities across the whole battery value chain.”

Hyundai Motor Group is striving to secure and open up new markets by collaborating with global players specializing in EV battery reuse, including Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Wärtsilä, OCI, and Hanwha Solutions.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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