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News Stellantis will Work on Solid-State Batteries with Factorial Energy

Stellantis will Work on Solid-State Batteries with Factorial Energy

Stellantis will use solid-state batteries from Factorial Energy in its future EVs

  • This technology makes safer batteries that have larger capacities

  • Factorial is already working on a similar project with Hyundai and Kia

  • Stellantis wants to add solid state batteries to production by 2026

Stellantis announced a partnership with factorial energy to develop and improve solid state batteries to be used in electric vehicles.

Factorial is an American company based in Massachusetts that is working on its proprietary technology to develop solid state batteries for electric vehicles.

The company is already working with Hyundai and Kia in order to refine its technology and adapt it to the automaker’s future vehicles.

Stellantis will have a similar partnership with Factorial since both entities are working together with the goal of introducing these batteries in electric vehicles sold by Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep or Fiat by 2026.

Solid-state batteries are being considered by more and more automakers for their future products because they have two major advantages over regular lithium-ion batteries.

To begin with, solid-state batteries are more power-dense, meaning that they can store more electricity in the same physical size of battery, which can be used in two ways: Automakers can fit a smaller battery which gives the same range while providing more cargo space and better handling due to less weight, or they can fit the same size of batteries they used previously and benefit from an increase in range between 20% to 50%.

The second benefit is the increased safety, since the chemistry used in the cells is more stable and less prone to creating fires, which is a big problem for lithium-ion batteries, especially in case of an accident. Since solid state batteries work at room temperature, they don’t require complex heating and cooling systems to stay at their peak efficiency.

Factorial and Stellantis will also make sure the batteries are compatible with the current assembly line infrastructure used to install lithium-ion batteries in the automaker’s hybrid products, which will reduce costs involved in the transition to the new type of batteries.

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