Samsung SDI has unveiled a range of lithium-ion Electric Vehicle battery cell prototypes has the firm continues to stake its claim in the sector.
Launched at The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the prototypes on the Korean electronic giant’s stand promises 94 amp hours (Ah), compared with the industry standard of between 26 and 28 Ah.
The 94 Ah cells could theoretically enable a range of up to 600 km on a single charge, Samsung claims.
However, while Samsung’s high-energy density 37 Ah prototype is slated for production later this year, the larger 94 Ah cells are not due to be manufactured until 2020.
Also revealed at the show were “Low Height Packs” for electric vehicles, a technique pioneered by Tesla.
Samsung SDI seems determined to grab a stake in the EV batteries market.
In September it bought the cell material division of its chemical affiliate Samsung Fine Chemicals, and in December agreed to supply China’s JAC Motors with batteries for the carmaker’s first EV to have a range of more than 250 km.
Car makers BMW, Audi and Fiat also source batteries from Samsung for their long-range SUVs.