14 Jan 2016


Battery technology has recently come into the limelight in the car industry as it plays a core role in electric cars which are widely considered a substitute to gas-powered counterparts. Samsung SDI’s battery cells were displayed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which kicked off in Detroit.

Some of the Seoul-headquartered firm’s products to be displayed at this year’s U.S. auto show include, an ultraslim battery pack that would give automakers flexibility in designing cars.

The battery cells, still in prototype stage, boast a 20- to 30-percent higher energy density than battery cells that can power an electric vehicle for 500 kilometers ― currently the industry’s most powerful performance. Samsung SDI said it would be able to mass-produce the battery cells by 2020.

The ultraslim battery pack, or the low height pack as the company calls it, is 20 to 30 percent smaller in size, but outruns the performance of the existing battery packs.

 “Samsung SDI will try to lead the market by rolling out unique battery solutions and products designed to meet the diverse needs of customers,” Samsung SDI CEO Cho Nam-seong said in a statement. The number of cars powered by electricity ― including electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles ― is expected to reach 6 million by 2020, according to a report by Japanese research firm B3. The battery business unit of Samsung Group is currently supplying lithium-ion batteries to global car brands, including BMW’s X5, and Audi’s Q7.

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