Samsung to build long-range car batteries

Samsung to build long-range car batteries

Korean electronics giant Samsung has revealed its plans to start producing long-range car batteries, a move that will place the company in direct competition with the likes of Tesla. Samsung SDI, the Korean company’s battery division, did not reveal details about its battery packs, but some reports suggested that its battery packs will be similar to Tesla’s small, cylindrical batteries that are coming fitted in its Model 3 e-cars.

Tesla’s batteries, called 2170 batteries, can be held in the palm of an adult’s hand. Elon Musk calls these energy packs the world’s highest density battery cells.

Samsung added that more of these battery-packed modules could be added to a vehicle to boost the driving range of vehicles.

In a press release, Samsung said, “Its users can change the number of modules as they want as if they place books on a shelf. For example, if 20 modules are installed in a premium car, it can go 600 to 700 kilometers. If 10 to 12 modules are mounted on a regular sedan, it can run up to 300 kilometers.”

Demand for batteries is all set to soar as the recent crackdown on diesel-powered vehicles in the wake of the revelation of Volkswagen’s cheating on emission tests has intensified pressure on automakers to shift from conventional vehicles to electric vehicles.

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