Tesla batteries to be made in South Korea by LG Chem as demand grows: Sources

South Korea's LG Chem Ltd plans to start producing batteries for Tesla Inc vehicles at a domestic factory this year after the US electric carmaker raised orders to cope with demand, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Tesla on Thursday announced forecast-beating global vehicle deliveries for the April to June period. (REUTERS)
Tesla on Thursday announced forecast-beating global vehicle deliveries for the April to June period.

"Tesla is asking not only LG Chem but other suppliers to increase supplies, as its cars are selling well," the person told Reuters.

A second person with knowledge of the situation also said LG Chem is converting some of its production in South Korea to produce batteries for Tesla. An LG Chem factory in Nanjing, China, already makes batteries for Tesla.

Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the confidentiality of the matter.

Also Read : Tesla plans to make batteries around the clock at its California facility

An LG Chem spokesman declined to comment. Tesla was not immediately available for comment outside its US business hours.

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Tesla on Thursday announced forecast-beating global vehicle deliveries for the April to June period, shrugging off a US production suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts also expect the period to return strong China sales.

Also Read : Tesla signs three-year pricing deal with battery cell maker Panasonic

The US firm, which runs a joint battery factory with Japan's Panasonic Corp in the United States, added LG Chem and China's CATL as suppliers for its factory in Shanghai.

LG Chem shares rose 2.6% on Friday, tracking an overnight rally in Tesla stock. LG Chem shares have jumped nearly 60% so far this year, far beating the wider market's 2% fall.

First Published Date: 03 Jul 2020, 13:38 PM IST
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