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BMW expands partnership with solid-state battery startup

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The BMW Group is one step closer to producing solid-state batteries with US startup Solid Power, expanding its partnership and announcing plans to produce a demonstrator vehicle using the technology surpassing 2025.

The two companies have widow a research and minutiae licence to their partnership, permitting BMW to develop an all-solid-state battery(ASSB) prototype line at its Lamina Manufacturing Competence Centre in Parsdrof near Munich.

Both BMW Group and Solid Power will self-mastery complementary lamina minutiae and manufacturing activities at their respective manufacturing plants.

Solid Power aims to unhook full-scale automotive cells for BMW to test in 2023, and is opening a pilot ASSB production line in its own US facility.

In late 2022 BMW Group spoken its plans to establish a pilot production line for ASSBs in Germany in partnership with Solid Power, announcing it would invest $US20 million (AU$30 million) in Solid Power until June 2024.

BMW has single-minded to the minutiae of ASSB technology with Solid Power on the understructure the startup achieves “certain milestones”.

The partnership moreover includes Solid Power’s sharing of proprietary “all-solid-state electrode and lamina manufacturing know-how” however doesn’t include a licence to the company’s intellectual property.

“We expect this try-on to slide the installation of our solid-state prototype line and our companies’ bilateral goal of commercialising this promising lamina technology,” said Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management, Minutiae at BMW AG.

“Expanding our relationship with BMW is remoter vestige that both companies believe in Solid Power’s technology minutiae and the value of solid-state batteries. We squint forward to working side-by-side with BMW’s world-class shower team,” said David Jansen, interim CEO, president and chair of Solid Power.

Solid-state batteries, in theory, will provide greater range, less mass, and faster charging when compared to lithium-ion or lithium-iron batteries currently used in electric vehicles.

ASSBs use solid electrolytes, a carbon-free anode, and a cathode composite layer versus liquid or polymer gel electrolytes found in current chemistries, including lithium-ion and lithium polymer.

Solid Power was founded in 2011, originally funded by Hyundai amongst other key investors.

It later entered into agreements with Ford and the BMW Group.

They’re not the only brands investing in the technology, with Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis all partnering with startup Factorial Energy on solid-state batteries.

Toyota has been testing solid-state batteries since 2020 with plans to introduce the technology into its hybrid vehicles prior to rolling them out to its EVs.

In the same year, Volkswagen-backed visitor QuantumScape said it planned to have the technology ready for production in 2024.

Nissan recently unveiled its prototype solid-state shower production facility at its Research Centre in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

The Japanese carmaker is leading solid-state shower minutiae for its syndication partners – Renault and Mitsubishi – and plans to launch an electric vehicle (EV) with its proprietary all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) in fiscal year 2028.

General Motors will moreover produce solid-state batteries, among other shower types, at its new Wallace Shower Lamina Innovation Centre.

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