Samsung SDI showcased its next-generation battery technologies, including a roadmap for all-solid-state batteries, at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS 2019) held in Detroit, the United States on Jan. 14 (local time).
A solid-state battery represents a new battery technology that uses solid electrodes and solid electrolytes, instead of the liquid or polymer electrolytes found in lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries. It is safer than a conventional lithium-ion battery as it does not explode even when it is exposed to heat or shock. It also allows faster recharging and can power electric vehicles more than 700 kilometers on a single charge.
Samsung SDI announced on Jan. 14 that it attended the Detroit Motor Show with the concept of "Charged for Auto 2.0," which means that the company is fully charged for the Auto 2.0 era. Auto 2.0 is a concept first introduced by Goldman Sachs in 2017 to suggest a new road ahead to autonomous vehicles. Cars in the Auto 2.0 era will be based on autonomous driving, full automation, super connectivity, and vehicle sharing.
Samsung SDI’s exhibition booth offered three stories: Electric vehicles or EVs (future mobility platform), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or PHEVs (popularization and advancement of EVs), and liquid vapor separators or LVSs (efficiency enhancement for internal combustion engines).
Samsung SDI took the wraps off a variety of high-tech products such as a battery cell that can power an EV 600 km on one charge, a battery cell lineup for various generations that can be applied to electric cars and plug-in hybrids and a low-voltage system pack.
Samsung SDI also introduced a roadmap for solid-state batteries, which are regarded as a next-generation technology. The company has already secured some of the core technologies for solid-state batteries, and is continuing to develop technologies to mass-produce the advanced batteries.