2021 launch for 360-mile, fast-charging EV battery
Samsung SDI has developed an electric vehicle battery said to offer a range of 360 miles and recharge to 80% in 20 minutes, and expects to begin mass production by 2021.
Presenting at the Detroit Motor Show, the South Korean company, which has produced batteries for BMW and Volkswagen Group plug-ins, said the new units were aimed at broadening the appeal of electric vehicles and accelerating the market.
The technology uses a new ‘integrated battery module’ – the building blocks of a battery pack – which can accommodate twice as many cells. Today’s modules typically hold 12 cells with a capacity of between 2-3kWh – Samsung SDI said the new units will double the capacity, and thus the range, of future batteries while reducing the weight and number of components required.