SK Innovation is one of the companies that exhibited their new products during InterBattery 2020. The event was held in Seoul, South Korea, from Wednesday October 21 through Friday October 23. Like the other exhibitors, the company did not go there empty-handed. The show was an opportunity to learn about its projects and ambitions. In a blog post, SK Innovation thus claims to have announced during this major meeting of rechargeable battery specialists the orientations of its new generation cells.
More than a battery manufacturer
SK Innovation is already in fifth place in the world ranking of battery producers in the first seven months of the current year, but that does not prevent it from aiming even further. The company hinted at the show through its chairman, Jee Dong-seob, of its ambition to become a benchmark in the electric car battery market. In particular, it aims to go beyond simply being considered a battery manufacturer. In other words, SK Innovation wants to become a world leader in its field.
To achieve this goal, emphasis will be placed on safety, charging speed and range. The security aspect will focus in particular on strengthening measures to prevent fires. Regarding the second component, ie charging speed, the firm is committed to overcoming one of the biggest technical obstacles affecting electric vehicles. To shorten charging time, the Korean battery maker says it is working on next-generation cells capable of delivering nearly 400 km of range from just 10 minutes of charging. “SK Innovation is developing a charging technology that enables a round trip of nearly 500 miles (approx. 804 km) just by charging the batteries twice for 10 minutes each time,” the company said in an official statement.
Finalization at the latest during the first semester of 2021
What is even more interesting is that SK Innovation has announced that development of these futuristic batteries is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 or at the latest during the first half of next year. It should be noted that the company is not only targeting the electric car battery market. She is also interested in other battery-related industries.
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SK Innovation at InterBattery 2020
Finally, note that SK Innovation is currently developing new NCM9½½ cathodes. Composed of approximately 90% nickel, 5% cobalt and 5% manganese, these therefore use a lower amount of cobalt and manganese compared to NCM811 cathodes. An improvement that should have an impact on costs.