Without a doubt, the future of mobility is electric. The technology behind this is also steadily evolving, and lithium-ion batteries that currently power today’s electric cars will be replaced by all-solid-state batteries in the near future.
Claimed to be a game-changing factor for the EV industry, all-solid-state batteries have about twice the energy density of lithium-ion batteries and will provide much faster charging times with substantially better range and performance for electric cars. They will also be significantly cheaper to produce and are said to be safer.
As Nissan pushes for its plans for its next generation of vehicles, the brand recently revealed its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state batteries with the goal of introducing it in the market by 2028. Situated inside the Nissan Research Center in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, this facility will be focused on promoting the development of such batteries.
Under “Nissan Ambition 2030,” the brand aims to launch an EV with all-solid-state batteries created in-house by 2028. Furthermore, the prototype establishment will help facilitate Nissan’s plans to initiate a pilot production line by 2024 at its Yokohama plant. Design and production processes along with specific materials to be used at the pilot production line will be studied at the new prototype facility.
Given the benefits of all-solid-state batteries, Nissan expects its application across its range of products (including pickup trucks), giving conventional internal-combustion vehicles a run for their money. The Japanese carmaker believes all-solid-state batteries can be reduced to $75 (P3,900) per kWh by 2028, and to $65 (P3,390) per kWh thereafter, placing EVs at the same price point as fossil-fuel cars.
“Nissan has been a leader in electrification technology through a wide range of R&D activities, from molecular-level battery material research to the development of safe, high-performance EVs,” shared Kunio Nakaguro, Nissan Motor Corporation’s executive vice president in charge of R&D. “Our initiatives even include city development using EVs as storage batteries. The knowledge gained from our experience supports the development of all-solid-state batteries, and we’ve accumulated important elemental technologies. Going forward, our R&D and manufacturing divisions will continue to work together to utilize this prototype production facility and accelerate the practical application of all-solid-state batteries.”
Putting many things into consideration including the alarming rise of fuel costs, a number of you may be looking into EVs. With incoming developments in the EV sector, interest and optimism will certainly grow and eventually spur our liberation from fossil-fuel dependency.