SK Innovation takes leap in electric vehicle batteries market

Tinuku - SK Innovation, a South Korean refinery and energy company, is increasing its presence in the global market for electric vehicle batteries, raising expectations it could soon catch up with leading EV makers.

A recent report by SNE Research showed on Thursday SK Innovation came in at No.6 in shipments of batteries for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles for the period between January and July.

Tinuku SK Innovation takes leap in electric vehicle batteries market

The company’s ranking rose one notch from the same period last year due to increased sales of some Korean EV models, including Kia Motors’ Niro PHEV, Kia Soul EV and Hyundai Motor’s Ioniq PHEV.

The shipments of the SK affiliate’s EV batteries stood at 315.4 megawatt hours, marking the steepest growth of 134.8 percent in the industry among top 10 battery makers, according to the researcher.

The expanded shipments raised the company’s market share from 1.3 percent to 2 percent. From January through July, combined shipments of EV batteries made by non-Chinese companies recorded 16.1 gigawatt hours, rising 54.6 percent from the same period last year.

“SK Innovation’s growth is contributable to its efforts for stable supply of the batteries along with the company’s technological edge. Aggressive investments to expand production and research efforts will help the company enter the top league in the short run,” said an industry official

With completion of a second factory for batteries in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, within the year, SK Innovation’s total EV battery production capacity will be ramped up to 4.7 GWh a year.

By around 2022, when the company’s new plants in Hungary and China are completed, the total capacity will grow to some 20 GWh, equivalent to the power needed for about 670,000 electric vehicles.