We all know that Audi is working on an all-electric Q6 e-tron SUV which will be shown at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, before hitting the showrooms in 2018.

German carmaker Audi said today it will develop the battery for the all-electric SUV on the basis of powerful cell modules from the South Korean suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI.

The two Audi partners plan to invest in the cell technology in Europe and will supply the Ingolstadt-based car producer from their European plants. The new technology will give drivers of the Audi sport utility vehicle a range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles).

LG Chem’s automotive customers include General Motors, Ford, Hyundai, Renault and Daimler, while Samsung SDI supplies electric vehicle batteries to BMW, Volkswagen as well as Ferrari’s LaFerrari flagship.

“Together with our South Korean development partners, we are bringing production of the latest battery‑cell technology to the EU and strengthening European industry with this key technology,” stated Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Procurement. The cell modules are to offer particularly high performance. “This will allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers.”

“With our first battery‑electric Audi‑SUV, we are combining an emission‑free drive system with driving pleasure,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Development. “We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range.”