Samsung’s SDI battery subsidiary has designed a new battery cell designed for use in electric vehicles that offers improved density to manage a max range of up to 372 miles on a full charge, with a quick charge capacity that will help it regain 310 miles or so of charge on just 20 minutes of charging. The new battery tech come with a 10 percent decrease in the number of units and weight required vs. current production battery units made by Samsung SDI. Though mass production isn’t set to begin until 2021, the technology is expected to arrive in time to supply the first crop of autonomous cars. Electric Vehicles and self-driving are tied closely to one another, since both are crucial components for operating the kind of on-demand ride-sharing fleets planned by Ford and others.
By comparison, Tesla’s superchargers currently manage to provide around 170 miles of range on a half-hour charge, so Samsung’s planned tech could approximately double that. Tesla produces its own batteries in partnership with Panasonic, and just began construction on its latest generation cells at its Gigafactory in Nevada, while Samsung’s new 21700-cylinder cell model is currently being used by “U.S. automobile startups” in their EVs.