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BMW will begin assessments of solid-state batteries in 2023

BMW will begin testing this yr a solid-state battery developed in partnership with U.S. battery expertise firm Strong Energy, the automaker stated this month.

BMW has been working with Strong Energy on a solid-state battery for automotive functions since a minimum of 2017.

Within the newest section of their partnership, BMW can even construct prototype variations of Strong Energy’s battery at its personal battery lab close to Munich, Germany.

Precise testing of the batteries in a prototype automobile is scheduled for earlier than 2025. BMW has beforehand stated {that a} automobile with solid-state batteries might attain showrooms by round 2030.

Solid Power solid-state battery cell

Strong Energy solid-state battery cell

The goal date is just like what different automakers like Nissan and Volkswagen Group are working towards. VW Group has invested in fellow U.S. battery expertise firm QuantumScape, claiming the agency’s battery expertise will present 30% extra vary and 12-minute cost instances. Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai Motor Group have additionally partnered with a U.S. battery expertise firm on solid-state batteries, particularly Factorial.

The batteries, which derive their title from their stable electrolytes, promise improved vary and shorter cost instances in comparison with present liquid-type batteries, in addition to improved security and decrease prices. The principle hurdle stays manufacturing the batteries within the excessive volumes required for automotive functions.

“BMW stays dedicated to the pursuit of all-solid-state batteries, a expertise which we imagine has vital potential for the longer term,” Frank Weber, BMW’s head of R&D, stated in a press release.

Earlier than it introduces solid-state batteries, BMW will introduce a brand new lithium-ion battery with a spherical cell design that guarantees a 30% enchancment in vary in comparison with a present battery of comparable dimension and weight. BMW will introduce it in a household of EVs code-named the Neue Klasse, German for “New Class.” The primary of the Neue Klasse EVs will arrive in 2025 and can embrace a sedan within the 3-Collection phase and a sporty SUV.

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