Samsung Intros Next Gen Electric Car
January 10, 2017
Samsung SDI introduced a
“high-energy density battery cell of the next generation for a driving
range of up to 600km that can fast charge EVs in 20 minutes” as well as
an "integrated battery module" concept with a 10% decrease in component
units and weight compared to the currently produced models.
These innovations are expected to forge the leading position of Samsung
SDI in the era of electro mobility. The development of the fast charging
technology is making a rapid advancement thanks to its technological
know-how in materials and processes that vastly decreased the resistance
inside a battery cell. With a 20min charge, you can have a driving range
of up to 500km which is 80% of the capacity. This means that only 20min
in the highway rest area will be enough for a battery to be charged,
eliminating the range anxiety of EV drivers. The mass production of this
product is slated for 2021.
presented an Innovative Next Generation Battery with Fast Charging
Capability and High Energy Density that enables Electric Vehicles (EV)
to Drive 600km at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
2017 on the 9th of January, 2017 in COBO Center, Detroit. It introduced
in its customer exhibition a "high-energy density battery cell of the
next generation for a driving range of up to 600km that can fast charge
EVs in 20 minutes" as well as an "integrated battery module" concept
with a 10% decrease in component units and weight compared to the
currently produced models.
In addition, Samsung SDI exhibited
a brand-new concept, "integrated battery module" catching the eye of its
visitors. A conventional EV battery module which consists of 12 cells
has a capacity of 2~3kWh. By contrast, an “integrated battery module”
has more than 24 cells with a higher capacity of 6~8kWh, which makes it
an adequate module in the full-fledged high-capacity EV era.
The integrated battery module is not only larger in size but shows a
higher safety level because the advanced electro-mechanical design has
been applied. This concept is expected to be a boon in the electro
mobility, as it will be lighter with fewer components. 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.
An official from Samsung SDI said, “The high-energy density battery cell
with the fast charging capability and the integrated battery module are
the innovative technologies with full potentials that can transform the
market. Expectations are high that we will be able to accelerate the
vehicle electrification utilizing these technologies with improved
driving range, manufacturing efficiency and user convenience.”
Samsung SDI also showcased a full line up of 12V, 48V Low Voltage
Systems (LVS) that goes in line with the current trend of higher fuel
efficiency. In response to ever tougher CO2 emissions regulations, these
products are grabbing the attention of automakers because of their
outstanding fuel saving performance of up to 20% compared to
conventional internal combustion engines.
“21700” cylindrical battery cell model with the improved energy density,
power and performance was also exhibited by Samsung SDI. This is the
technology which is attracting more focus as U.S. automobile startups
are adopting this technology in their EVs.
Samsung SDI initiated the construction of an automotive battery factory
located in Hungary in August of last year, forming a triangular global
operation: Korea, China and Europe. Based on this localization strategy,
the plan is to actively respond to the diverse requirements of global
automakers by supplying the cutting-edge automotive batteries and LVS
solutions in the proximity.
Sehwoong Jeong, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Automotive
Battery & ESS Business of Samsung SDI, emphasized, “By providing the
industry-leading technologies and products that meet the demand of our
customers and market, we will contribute to a rapid market adoption of
EVs in North America and worldwide."