Japanese Automakers Team Up To Develop Solid-State Batteries

Japan’s largest automakers are joining forces to speed the development of solid-state batteries for use in future electric vehicles.

According to the Nikki Asian Review, Nissan, Honda and Toyota will work with the Lithium-Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (Libtec) as well as battery makers Panasonic and GS Yuasa. The partnership aims to develop new solid-state batteries which would make Japanese companies the leaders of electric vehicle technology.

The Japanese government is also supporting the partnership as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will reportedly provide Libtec with ¥1.6 billion ($14.6 million) of funding.

Solid-state batteries would be major improvement over lithium-ion batteries that are common in today’s electric vehicles. Besides offering higher energy densities, solid-state batteries have fewer components and they don’t use liquid electrolytes which can leak. The benefits don’t stop there as solid-state batteries are also safer, easier to produce and more affordable than lithium-ion batteries.

Toyota is one of the pioneers of solid-state battery development but the company hasn’t released a vehicle that uses them yet. This is one of the goals of the partnership as the various companies will work on improving battery performance while also ensuring they are safe.

If everything goes according to plan, the Libtec consortium could develop a solid-state battery that will enable electric vehicles to travel up to 550 km (341 miles) by 2025. The group has even larger ambitions in the future as it wants to have a solid-state battery which can deliver 800 km (497 miles) of range by 2030.

While it sounds odd that the rival companies would join forces, Nikki notes 70% of the global automotive battery market was controlled by Japanese companies in 2013. However, strong competition from China and South Korea have eroded their market share to just 41% in three years.

H/T to Roadshow

  • Status

    And how would Detroits Big 2.5 respond to this news?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Rollin’ coal?

      • SteersUright


    • FactChecker90803

      How will European car makers respond to this.

      • SteersUright

        Seriously dude? You can just use google to learn about Hydrogen and battery tech being worked on by BMW among others.

        • FactChecker90803

          There working on lithium batteries, solid state are a whole different technology.

          • SteersUright

            Im just saying that European and Japanese automakers are more in the technological forefront with their research into battery tech, fuel sources, propulsion systems, etc than anything coming out of the Big 3 at the moment. And, as an American, I’d love to see our companies respond with equal if not greater R&D vigor.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Very promising

  • Six Thousand Times

    This would make BEVs inevitable as the dominant propulsion method. Notice who’s not a competitor: well at least we’re keeping coal alive.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Long live Koal beeaachez!!!

      • Six Thousand Times

        I need to attract a better class of troll.


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  • Status

    Because not all batteries are the same, and companies with expertise one battery type might not have expertise in others.


  • smartacus

    341 Miles of range is simply not enough.

    MT did their best to go 800 miles in 20 hours
    In a Chevy Bolt with 238 mile range,
    to visit some friends or family.

    i can do 800 miles with just one fillup:
    i.e. two 400 mile tankfuls.

    • scjeff

      For those who frequently do 800 mile drives I guess it wouldn’t be as convenient. The last time I did 800 miles in one go was….never. 341 miles would be more than enough for most people.

      • smartacus

        341 miles is simply not enough for most people.

        i’ve never met anyone who never went 800 miles.
        That’s very rare.

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