ICPT sources modules from LGES for electric bus batteries
Specifically, ICPT is ordering around 200,000 battery modules with the aforementioned NCM cells over a period of three years, which LGES will manufacture at its plant in Wroclaw, Poland. The modules will be used around 300 kilometres further east at ICPT’s production facility in Pruszkow near Warsaw, known as GigafactoryX. There they are assembled into battery packs and systems. It is not specified when the delivery period will begin.
However, according to LG Energy Solution, the quantity ordered should be sufficient for the production of almost 3,000 large electric commercial vehicles. One of the first customers to receive the finished batteries will be Solaris. Another Polish company. It is fitting that ICPT recently announced an extension of its supply contract with Solaris until 2027.
No further details of the deal are known. The value of the order also remains unknown. LG Energy Solution merely emphasizes that it is relying on NCM chemistry “as this enables a higher energy density of the batteries, which leads to a greater range and improved durability”. This is probably meant as a differentiation from LFP batteries, which are regarded as a cheap and robust alternative in the commercial vehicle segment.
“Our partnership with LG Energy Solution will strengthen our leading battery offering in the bus market. Together, we can provide our customers with exceptional, advanced solutions tailored to the demanding conditions of this market,” comments Bartek Kras, Vice President of ICPT. “Considering the strong global demand, this is a significant added value for this sector. This way, we can offer both our current and new customers the highest quality and guaranteed supply assurance.”
Seungtaek Hong, Head of Advanced Automotive Battery OTS Marketing at LG Energy Solution, emphasizes that the partnership with ICPT offers an exciting opportunity to “introduce our outstanding battery technology to the fast-growing European commercial vehicle market”. The Wroclaw plant is intended to build a robust supply chain in Europe and accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility.
LG Energy Solution describes the factory in Wroclaw as the largest battery production facility in Europe. Located in Biskupice Podgorne in the municipality of Kobierzyce, the plant currently has a capacity of 70 GWh and covers an area of around 100 hectares.