Originally published on EV Obsession.
A new e-bike battery pack that can power an e-bike for 100 kilometers on a single charge was recently unveiled by Samsung SDI — with the new offering being showcased on August 26th at Eurobike 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The new offering is a 500 watt-hour (Wh) battery pack, designed to be very slim and lightweight via the use of new technological approaches. Along with other offerings from the company, the pack will have reportedly possess Bluetooth compatibility — allowing for the checking of battery life, distance remaining, etc, with the use of a compatible smartphone.
A recent press release provides more:
Samsung SDI also unveiled a battery pack product equipped with 21700 batteries, noted for their upgraded energy capacity compared to previous cylindrical types. The 18650 battery, or rather the small cylindrical battery of 18mm diameter and 65mm length, has been in dominant use until recently. However, the creation of new battery applications has boosted the demand for high capacity batteries. In response, Samsung SDI has come up with a battery that has upgraded a maximum of 35% of energy volume, now known as the 21700 battery, and has successfully applied it onto e-bikes for the first in the world.
The 21700 model can have various applications other than e-bike, such as in electric tools, laptops, and more. It is expected to become the new standard in small cylindrical battery usage.
On that note, Samsung SDI is expected to retain its position at the top of the e-bike lithium-ion battery market, according to the Japanese market research company B3. Interestingly, the company’s market share is expected to grow to 25%, according to the research firm.
The executive vice president & head of battery pack business division at Samsung SDI, JaeHo Ahn, commented: “Samsung SDI’s high capacity battery packs will dramatically increase the mileage of electric bicycles and this will create new demands in the e-bike industry. As the No.1 company of small scale-batteries, we will continue to build up the market for new battery application.”