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Jaguar Partners with Samsung SDI to Produce Cylindrical 21700 Battery Cells

Jaguar Partners with Samsung SDI to Produce Cylindrical 21700 Battery Cells

Author: Manish Kharinta   

A new report has revealed that the Jaguar Land Rover Group has partnered up with tech giant Samsung SDI to develop new battery packs, which will be incorporated into the automaker's future electric car lineup. According to the report, the battery packs will consist of lithium-ion cells built to match the next generation format. 

Samsung SDI will build cylindrical type lithium ion cell battery packs that will adhere to the latest 21700 format. The 21700 cells, designated by the appproximate dimensions of 21.6mm x 70.5mm, are currently only offered in the Tesla Model 3.

In the Model 3, this battery pack offers an all-electric range of 310 miles. The 75 kW 350 V lithium-ion battery pack produces a peak power output of 450 HP and 471 lb-ft of torque. The battery in the Model 3 also happens to be 15 percent lighter than the pack offered in the original Model S. 

The Tesla Model 3 uses a battery pack made with 21700 cells

The weight reduction and impressive charge retention is a result of the battery pack's tall design. Electronics, incuding an AC charger and DC-DC converter are integrated into the battery pack in Tesla Model 3. The AC charger and DC-DC converter are housed in a much smaller and lighter unit as compared to the one found in Model S.

To compensate for the lack of crash protection offered by the heavier battery case found in Model S, Tesla has used high strength steel to protect the battery pack from Impact in case of a collision. This also makes it easier for Tesla to transport the Model 3 battery pack from its Gigafactory in the Nevada desert to its assembly plant in Fremont, as they are lighter to haul.

The electric Jaguar I-PACE

The Jaguar I-PACE currently comes equipped with pouch cells built by LG Chem, but the report insinuates that the British automaker is keen on updating its power bank. In the I-PACE, the 90-kWh battery pack only manages to produce 394 BHP of power output and 512 lb-ft of peak torque. The pouch cell battery pack offers an all-electric driving range of 240 miles.

Once developed, the 21700 cell battery packs will find their application in the Jaguar I-PACE alongside a wide range of future electric cars, which will eventually join the company's lineup. The cylindrical type cells are expected to be produced at the European Factory in Hungary, once Samsung SDI installs a new 21700 cell production line.

The I-PACE is currently being assembled in a facility near Australia and the assembly location of company's new electric models remains undisclosed.

The I-PACE will be available at dealers later this year

Samsung SDI competed against the likes of LG Chem and Panasonic to win the Jaguar Land Rover contract. So far, the company has refrained from issuing an official statement disclosing the partnership. 

It is expected that initially, Samsung SDI will supply 300 million 5-gigawatt hour cylindrical cells each year.

Samsung SDI has a battery manufacturing capacity of around 80 million cells per month. The 5-gigawatt hour cylindrical battery pack would offer a charging capacity equivalent to more than 55,000 90-kWh packs currently found in the Jaguar I-PACE.

Manish Kharinta
Manish Kharinta
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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