SEOUL: LG Electronics Co says it has acquired a domestic electric vehicle (EV) charging maker to advance into the EV charging solutions business amid a global electrification push.
LG Electronics recently acquired a 60% stake in AppleMango Co for an unspecified amount, with GS Energy Corp and GS Neotek taking over 34% and 6% stakes in the company, respectively, to secure a new growth engine, the company said in a statement.
LG said it plans to establish an EV charging production line at the LG Digital Park in Pyeongtaek, some 60km south of Seoul, within this year.
With the acquisition, LG aims to strengthen its business portfolio together with the existing automotive electronics business “in the era of EVs,” the statement said.
AppleMango, established in 2019, has advanced technologies in manufacturing slow and fast chargers, both for household and commercial use.
The world’s EV charging solutions market is expected to grow to 410 trillion won (US$316bil or RM1.4 trillion) by 2030 as carmakers rapidly adopt battery-powered vehicles in their lineups amid stricter emissions regulations. — The Korea Herald/ANN