Nissan is collaborating with NASA for developing this EV battery technology.
Researchers from the University of California are also assisting Nissan and NASA in their quest to develop this new technology. The highlights of which include:
- Half the size of the present EV batteries;
- Ability to get fully charged in just 15 minutes.
The approach being used to develop these batteries will attempt to avoid reliance on expensive and rare materials.
Nissan had been instrumental during the early few years of the EV technology. The Nissan Leaf was the world’s first mass-produced affordable electric vehicle.
However, the company has since vanished from the electric vehicle innovation segment. After 12 years since the launch of the Nissan Leaf, the Nissan Ariya is now expected to hit the market soon.
Nissan’s Pilot Solid-State Battery Plant
The new batteries developed in collaboration with NASA might become available for use in passenger electric vehicles by 2028.
Nissan now plans to open a pilot solid-state battery plant in 2024 to achieve this breakthrough.
Where Will The Factory Be Located?
The setup will be located in Japan. The company is confident that with this new technology the per-kilowatt-hour price of the batteries will drop from €69 to €60 by 2028.
This will be groundbreaking for the company as it will put it at par in terms of cost with gasoline-powered vehicles.
The Overall Process Won’t Be Easy
Solid-state battery technology has been demonstrated in laboratories for several years now. However, commercializing it will be challenging at first.
This may necessitate more effort on the part of the company than anticipated. However, the decision to start producing solid-state batteries shows that the Japanese automaker is confident.
Rivals Also Trying Hard To Manufacture Solid-State Batteries
Solid Power is a competitor that is also attempting to explore avenues of solid-state battery technology. It, too, plans to begin mass production of solid-state batteries in 2028.
This gives us a hint that this might be the year when we see the next big revolution in EV battery technology.
How Are Solid State Batteries Superior?
The company is so invested in solid-state battery technology that it is establishing a separate factory for this purpose.
A well-set automaker won’t invest so much money into a field if it isn’t lucrative. Some other automakers that are also working on the development of this technology include:
Here are some of the reasons that make the solid-state batteries better than their Li-Ion counterparts:
- Lower charging times;
- Less costly;
- Higher energy density.
This means that a relatively small-sized solid-state battery can offer more range than a lithium battery.
Long EV charging times also prevent many potential buyers from buying EVs. Thus, by reducing these times, this technology can attract a whole new segment of customers to the electric vehicle platform.