At the IAA Cars 2017 International Automobile Salon in Germany, Samsung SDI, the South Korean company's battery technology development department, introduced a new multifunctional modular battery system capable of increasing the current power reserve of electric cars. As explained in the Korean company, these batteries can increase the power reserve to 600-700 kilometers, depending on how many modules of this system will be installed.
"If you want, you can change the number of used modules," notes Samsung.
"For example, if there are 20 modules in a premium car, the vehicle will have a power reserve of 600 to 700 kilometers. If a car of a conventional sedan class is equipped with 10-12 modules, then such a car will be able to travel on one charge up to 300 kilometers. The proposed kit is aimed primarily at attracting the attention of automakers, as they are developing cars whose power reserve can vary significantly depending on how many modules will be included in the kit. "
The Electrek website explains that automakers such as Nissan and GM most often use prismatic cells in their car's batteries. Samsung SDI, in turn, earlier this year started developing new cylindrical cells of the standard "2170", apparently, "spying" them from Tesla, the company that first began using them in their cars.
No further information was provided on the new Samsung battery pack at the event. But even so, against the background of other manufacturers, the figures of the claimed power reserve look impressive. For example, the same Tesla Model S model provides a maximum power reserve of 416 kilometers, while the new Chevy Bolt offers 383 kilometers of travel on a single charge. True, the actual figures when checked by profile surveyors are much more modest.
More recent cars, such as the recently introduced Nissan Leaf model of 2018, have figures even more modest – about 241-257 kilometers. "Budget" electrosleep Tesla Model 3 will receive a power reserve from 354 to 498 kilometers.
For the sake of justice, however, we note that it is too early to make conclusions regarding Samsung's new batteries, it is necessary to wait for the beginning of their operation in real conditions.