Nikkei Asia website reports, “South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution on Wednesday kicked off the construction of a $1.1 billion electric vehicle battery plant in Indonesia.”

“LG Energy CEO Kim Jong-hyun said the factory will churn out “next generation” lithium-ion battery cells using the company’s new NCMA technology, with production expected to start in 2024 and output to be exclusively used by Hyundai and its affiliate, Kia. NCMA refers to nickel, cobalt, manganese and aluminum-based battery cells containing 90% nickel, which LG said offer a competitive edge in performance and price by using less cobalt and adding aluminum.”

“Indonesia holds the world’s largest proven reserve of nickel, which it wants to use to become part of the global supply chain for electric vehicles.”

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