Forget about spending hours at the charging station. Samsung recently unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) battery that provides up to 600 kilometers of range (372.8 miles) with just a 20-minute charge. It’s still faster to fill with gasoline, of course, but this sort of charge-to-range ratio is starting to make things a lot more convenient.
Samsung SDI’s new EV battery was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. It’s more than just a concept, too; Samsung says it hopes to get the battery into mass production by 2021.
“The high-energy density battery cell with the fast charging capability and the integrated battery module are the innovative technologies with full potentials that can transform the market,” Samsung said. “Expectations are high that we will be able to accelerate the vehicle electrification utilizing these technologies with improved driving range, manufacturing efficiency and user convenience.”
The industry is moving very quickly
It’s compelling technology, for sure, and any battery advancements that cut down on range anxiety are appreciated. Still, I can’t help but think 2021 is a long ways off, at least considering the pace at which the EV market seems to be moving. Heck, just a few years ago these cars still seemed unique. Now you see one every time you pull into the parking lot at Macy’s. My guess is Samsung is going to see a lot of competition in this space within the next five years, especially when it comes to competing for longer range. 600km still seems pretty solid right now, but Tesla and other automakers are hoping to go far beyond that.