Nissan's First EV With Solid-State Batteries Coming in 2028
【Summary】The Japanese automaker expects to have a pilot factory manufacturing solid-state batteries for electric vehicles by 2024.
Automakers and companies looking to develop electric vehicles are continually looking to improve on battery technology to increase range and performance. Not too long ago, it seemed like automakers made a large jump from nickel-metal hydride to lithium-ion batteries. The result was better range, less weight, and vehicles with more impressive performance.
Now, everyone's looking to take the next step into the world of solid-state batteries. According to a recent press release, it sounds like Nissan may be one of the first on the scene to have an EV with solid-state batteries on sale.
Solid-State Batteries Coming Soon
The automaker recently announced that it has been working on a prototype production facility for "laminated all-solid-state battery cells" that it hopes to bring to market as early as 2028. The prototype facility, which is located within the Research Center in Kanagaway Prefecture, is focusing on the development of solid-state batteries to be used in the automaker's future electric cars.
The rush to focus on solid-state batteries has become a part of the automaker's Nissan Ambition 2030 plan. The plan includes an investment of approximately $18 billion to introduce 23 new electrified models that include 15 all-new EVs. Under the plan, Nissan aims to have a 50 percent electrification mix by 2030. Solid-state batteries will help the automaker reach its goal and come out with EVs that are more competitive against other options on sale. More importantly, solid-state batteries will help the automaker manufacture more affordable vehicles.
Nissan claims that solid-state battery technology will allow the automaker to produce batteries at a low $75-per-kilowatt-hour by 2028. If true, that would make battery-powered vehicles similarly priced to vehicles with an internal combustion engine. With more time and development, the automaker believes that it will be able to reduce the price further to $65 per kilowatt-hour.
Nissan Faces Some Hurdles
We think it's important to point out that the average cost per kilowatt-hour hit a low of $132 in 2021, reports Bloomberg. With the semiconductor chip shortage and automakers having difficulty finding the right parts, we expect that price to go up when pricing for 2022 comes out.
While solid-state batteries are certainly the way forward for automakers and companies looking into electric vehicles, there are some challenges that automakers will face. Automotive News spent some time at Nissan's special factory and had some takeaways. For one, the solid-state batteries can produce what Nissan claims is a "bomb" based on how much more storage capacity solid-state batteries can hold compared to a lithium-ion battery.
Nissan also faces issues on scaling production of solid-state batteries up, as the current assembly line that Nissan uses is a manual process, claims Auto News. This means that workers are mixing materials by hand, which limits the number of batteries Nissan can make every month to just a few pouches. If Nissan were to continue building battery packs at this rate, the outlet claims that it would take the automaker 8.3 years to make enough to power an EV.
Still, these drawbacks are worth looking into, as solid-state batteries will open a lot of doors for automakers to manufacture more affordable electric cars with better range and performance. Nissan isn't the only automaker that's looking into solid-state batteries. Nearly every other brand is, as they'll be the future for electric cars.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Now PHEV Only
Acura Prevision EV Concept Previews Brand’s Electric Future
Hyundai Gets Serious About Electric Performance Cars, Shows off Two Concepts
Ford Looks to Have 100% of EV Sales Be Online
Volkswagen CEO Believes It Will Overtake Tesla in EV Sales by 2025
Report Claims Nissan Leaf Will Be Discontinued by 2025
Autonomous Vehicles Will Require Cities to Change Their Transportation Methods
Rivian, Mercedes-Benz Partner to Produce Electric Commercial Vans
- Rivian, Mercedes-Benz Partner to Produce Electric Commercial Vans
- Solar-Electric Car Developer Lightyear Announces Technical Partnership with Hypercar Manufacturer Koenigsegg
- BMW i Ventures Invests in Vendia, a Next-Gen Blockchain Company Helping Businesses to Securely Share Data With Third Parties
- California Startup Orbis Brakes Debuts its Revolutionary 'Periodic Wave' Brake Line Developed in Collaboration with NASA
- Intel’s Self-Driving Car Unit Mobileye Postpones its Planned U.S. IPO That Could Value the Company up to $50 Billion
- Volkswagen Unveils the 385-Mile Range ID Aero Concept, a Preview of its First Electric Sedan that Will Be Sold in the U.S., Europe and China
- Hyundai to Launch Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in South Korea
- Tesla Rival NIO Inc is Hiring Manufacturing Specialists for a U.S. EV Factory, Reports Say
- Tesla Vehicles Operating in Autopilot Mode Involved in 273 Crashes in Under a Year, the NHTSA Reports
- Volkswagen’s Software Unit CARIAD Selects Innoviz as its Direct Lidar Supplier for the Automaker's Future Software-Defined Vehicles