OREANDA-NEWS. February 22, 2016. Up until last year, Tesla supplied components and batteries for Mercedes-Benz's B-Class Electric Drive. But the two companies severed that part of their relationship, and Mercedes set out to find a new supplier. Now, it's found one -- and it's a serious contender.

The Korea Times reports that the Teutonic automaker has signed a deal with battery manufacturer SK Innovation that would see the Korean company's battery cells installed in the next generation of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles. "With our battery cells, the German premium carmaker plans to expand its clean-energy EV lineup in full scale," an SK Innovation official told The Korea Times.