At the North American International Auto Show, Samsung SDI has announced new battery cell technology that the company says will help promote widespread EV adoption by offering a driving range of over 370 miles and charging times of 20 minutes.
The next generation high-energy density battery cell concept is said to provide a ten percent reduction in weight and the number of components compared to current battery technology. Samsung claims that it was able to achieve the improvements by “vastly” decreasing the resistance inside the battery cells.
Samsung also unveiled a new “integrated battery module” that is able to house 24 cells and maintain a capacity of 6~8kWh, surpassing conventional EV battery modules which consist of 12 cells and a capacity of 2~3kWh. The new modules are larger in size but reportedly provide an enhanced level of safety by adopting an advanced electro-mechanical design that is both lighter and requires fewer components.
The South Korean company also showcased its “21700” cylindrical battery cells, which are said to offer improved energy density, power and performance. Lucid Motors and Faraday Future are believed to be using this technology in the development of their EVs.
News of the developments comes just a week after Tesla and Panasonic announced that their high-density, cost-effective “2170” series batteries were going into mass production.
For its part, Samsung says that mass production of its new batteries is scheduled to begin in 2021.