Samsung SDI showcases a car battery that can be charged up to 80 percent in just 20 minutes
Samsung SDI has showcased a next-generation car battery that offers electric vehicles a driving range of up to 600km. The high-end battery cell, which can be rapidly charged up to 80 percent in just 20 minutes, is being displayed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 in Detroit. These new batteries are planned to be mass produced sometime in 2021.
Apart from this high-density battery technology for electric vehicles, the company also showcased an integrated battery module with a 10 percent decrease in component units and weight compared to current-generation models. Samsung SDI claimed in a press release that its “technological know-how in materials and processes that vastly decreased the resistance inside a battery cell” led to the development of these new batteries.
We are increasingly witnessing a change in many automakers’ sourcing strategy from battery cells to modules in the EV sector; thus, Samsung SDI is expecting a rising customers’ demand in the integrated battery modules.
The company also showcased “21700” cylindrical batteries with improved energy density, power, and performance. These battery models are said to be attracting a lot of US-based automobile startups for their electric vehicles. The company started the construction of an automotive battery factory in Hungary in August last year.
Lately, Samsung SDI was under immense pressure after its batteries, which were used in the discontinued Galaxy Note 7, started catching fire. However, it is said that the batteries weren’t the actual cause of fire or explosions, but the smartphone design itself.