At the time of writing, solid state laminated battery cell technology represents the future for powering this entire wave of upcoming electric vehicles. As we know, the automotive industry is currently looking to accelerate its integration of electric technology into its fleet of the moment, but especially for future generations of models.
The players who manage to master this new form of batteries will have an advantage over their closest pursuers. Nissan unveiled its prototype solid-state laminated battery cell production facility just a few days ago.
The commercialization of a vehicle equipped with such a battery would be planned for 2028, with the implementation of a pilot production line in its Yokohama plant by 2024, to test the technology.
Nissan estimates that this all-solid-state battery technology could cost $75 per kWh by 2028 and even drop to $65 per kWh thereafter. With this pricing structure for batteries, the only source of energy for electric vehicles, the Japanese manufacturer believes that the price of electric vehicles could be the equivalent of gasoline vehicles.
Remember that all-solid-state batteries have about twice the density of lithium-ion batteries like those used in most electrified vehicles today. In addition, the recharging time for these batteries would be shorter, a crucial detail in today’s race to electrify.
“The knowledge gained from our experience supports the development of all-solid-state batteries and we have accumulated important elemental technologies. In the future, 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 batteries,” said Kunio Nakaguro, executive vice president for research and development at Nissan.
Nissan hopes to integrate such batteries into more vehicles, including pickup trucks, in the future. If it can get ahead of the competition (by 2028), Nissan could be making up for lost time in a few years, with delays surrounding the arrival of the Ariya crossover and increasingly fierce competition in the electric niche hurting the Leaf’s creator.