BYD could supply 60 kWh and 80 kWh batteries, while electric motors could be sourced from Valeo.
Last year, Mahindra announced its partnership with Volkswagen to source electric motors and batteries for its ‘Born Electric’ range of EVs. However, reports suggest that critical parts from VW’s MEB architecture may not get delivered before 2026-27.
To ensure a smooth supply of EV components, Mahindra is said to have explored other options as well. In fact, as per the latest reports, the carmaker could switch to BYD batteries for its upcoming ‘Born Electric’ models. It is said that the Chinese company could supply 60 kWh and 80 kWh batteries, while electric motors could be sourced from Valeo.
That being said, this is likely to be a temporary provision until VW’s next-generation ‘unified’ cell technology with LFP chemistry is ready. These batteries are said to feature larger cells with a higher energy density and improved thermal management, which translates to longer range and faster charging times. Another advantage of the unified cell design is that it is scalable.
Mahindra has also had trouble securing LG Chem batteries for the XUV400. The Korean battery supplier had discontinued the Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (NMC) 532 chemistry, and Mahindra had to source them from Chinese battery maker Farasis instead.
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