Nissan has unveiled a prototype production facility for laminated all solid state battery cells that could bring the cost of electric vehicles below today’s fossil fuel vehicles.
The prototype line is part of a plan for volume production in a vehicle in 2028 with a cost of $75 per kWh, falling to $65 per kWh. The solid state batteries (SSB) have an energy density approximately twice that of conventional lithium-ion batteries, significantly shorter charging time from higher charge/discharge performance, and lower cost from using less expensive materials.
The prototype facility at the Nissan Research Centre in Kanagawa Prefecture will be used to further develop all solid state batteries.
The company plans to establish a pilot production line at its Yokohama Plant in 2024, with materials, design and manufacturing processes for prototype production on the line to be studied at the prototype production facility.
“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. Our initiatives even include city development using EVs as storage batteries,” said Kunio Nakaguro, executive vice president in charge of R&D.
“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.”
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