Hyundai & Kia Signs MOU with Exide Energy

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Exide Energy Solutions (Exide Energy), a well-known Indian battery company, to bolster their electric vehicle (EV) expansion strategies.

Emphasis on Localized Battery Manufacturing
The partnership is focused on localizing EV battery production, with a specific emphasis on lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells. This strategic alliance reflects Hyundai and Kia’s objective of incorporating domestically manufactured batteries into their upcoming EV models tailored for the Indian market.

Signing Ceremony and Key Participants
The signing ceremony for the MoU took place at Hyundai Motor Group’s Namyang Research and Development Center in South Korea. Notable attendees included Heui Won Yang, president and head of Hyundai Motor and Kia’s R&D Division, Chang Hwan Kim, head of Electrification Energy Solutions Tech Unit, Duk Gyo Jeong, head of Electric Vehicle Parts Purchasing Sub-Division, and Dr. Mandar V Deo, managing director, and CEO of Exide Energy.

Significance of the Indian Market
India’s strategic significance in the EV domain is underscored by its government’s objectives related to carbon neutrality and the increasing focus on vehicle electrification. Hyundai and Kia’s collaboration with Exide Energy aims to achieve cost competitiveness and technological advancements in locally produced batteries to align with India’s evolving automotive landscape.

Future Expansion Strategies
The partnership with Exide Energy marks the initial step in Hyundai and Kia’s efforts to expand their battery development, production, supply chain, and collaborative ventures within the Indian market. This strategic move reflects India’s growing prominence as a key player in the global automotive industry, especially in the rapidly growing EV segment.

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