SK On’s new joint battery factory with Ford to be built in Ankara, Turkey will be almost identical to its factory in Hungary.
Local conglomerate Koc will also be a partner in the factory, which will be built in the special industrial zone at Baskent.
The factory is almost an exact copy of SK On’s first factory in Ivancsa, Hungary with a capacity of 30GWh, sources said.
SK On is doing this to start operations of the factory as soon as possible. The factory is expected to live in 2025, three months earlier than the initial early 2026 date.
The South Korean battery maker’s first factory in Ivancsa is comprised of 12 production lines and can manufacture battery cells with lengths of 300mm and 600mm.
The cells are used for F-series pickup trucks as well as commercial vehicles and vans.
SK On is planning to place orders for its newer factory at Baskent sometime during the second half of 2023.
The Baskent factory, while starting with a 30GWh capacity, can also expand to 45GWh at a later date.