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LG Chem Inks Deal to Secure Lithium Hydroxide from Canada

LG Chem Inks Deal to Secure Lithium Hydroxide from Canada

SEOUL, Jul. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — LG Chem Ltd., South Korea’s top chemicals company, said Wednesday it has signed a five-year deal with Nemaska Lithium, a Canadian supplier of lithium hydroxide, a key material in making electric vehicle batteries. The deal allows LG Chem to receive 7,000 tons of lithium hydroxide per year, enough for [...]

Electric Vehicles’ Share Increases in S. Korean Car Market

Electric Vehicles’ Share Increases in S. Korean Car Market

SEOUL, Jun. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – The share of electric vehicles (EV) in the sales of eco-friendly vehicles in South Korea has surpassed 20 percent for the first time this year on the back of a wide range of lineups and improved charging infrastructure, industry data showed Wednesday. A total of 5,542 EVs were sold [...]

Battery Makers Search for Steady Supply of Cobalt as Price Rises

Battery Makers Search for Steady Supply of Cobalt as Price Rises

SEOUL, Mar. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Local battery makers are rushing to secure a steady supply of cobalt through import diversification and company mergers as the price of the raw material keeps rising, industry sources said Thursday. The international price of cobalt, a core component of batteries used in smartphones and electric vehicles, jumped to [...]

Chinese Battery Manufacturers Aggressively Recruiting S. Korean Engineers

Chinese Battery Manufacturers Aggressively Recruiting S. Korean Engineers

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Chinese rechargeable battery and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers are offering high wages to South Korean engineers, causing concerns among local companies that could face a shortage of skilled workers, industry watchers said Sunday. Sources said that Chinese companies are promising three to four times more pay for skilled engineers [...]

Hyundai Motor Ties Up with Michelin for EV Tires

Hyundai Motor Ties Up with Michelin for EV Tires

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top automaker Hyundai Motor Co. said Wednesday that it has tied up with French tiremaker Michelin to develop next-generation tires for electric vehicles. The tie-up agreement on technological cooperation was signed between Yang Woong-cheol, a Hyundai Motor vice chairman, and his Michelin counterpart Florent Menegaux at Michelin’s [...]

Seoul Charging Ahead as Carmakers Go Electric

Seoul Charging Ahead as Carmakers Go Electric

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is speeding up its efforts to expand charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), as global carmakers’ unveiled road maps for electrification at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, industry watchers said Friday. The government is planning to increase the number of fast-charging stations to 3,000 across the country [...]

LG Group Rules Out Producing Its Own Electric Cars

LG Group Rules Out Producing Its Own Electric Cars

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — LG Group, which has been aggressively expanding its presence in the vehicle components sector, made clear it is not moving to build electric vehicles (EVs), industry sources said Thursday. “We are not even considering manufacturing a complete vehicle,” an LG Group official stressed. Industry watchers have been speculating that [...]

Toll Fees for EVs, Hydrogen Cars to Halve from Sept.

Toll Fees for EVs, Hydrogen Cars to Halve from Sept.

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The highway toll charges for electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will halve from September, the transport ministry said Tuesday. The government plans to temporarily operate the discount program for environment-friendly vehicles by 2020, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation said in a statement. Depending on the operation results, [...]