Pilot line provides double the battery density of lithium ion

The all-solid-state battery pilot line
(Image courtesy of Nissan)

Nissan has shown its pilot line for all-solid-state batteries, writes Nick Flaherty.

The Yokohama Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, will supply EVs in 2028, which means the platforms are currently under design.

The laminated, all-solid-state batteries will have an energy density of 800 Wh/L, approximately twice that of conventional lithium-ion batteries, a significantly shorter charging time due to superior charge and discharge performance, and lower costs due to less expensive materials.

Nissan expects the production line to reduce the cost of the battery cells to $75 per kWh in fiscal 2028, and then to $65 per kWh, which would be on a parity with internal combustion engines.

The pilot line will use the prototype production facility developed at the Nissan Research Centre, also in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Nissan plans to use all-solid-state batteries in a wide range of vehicles, including pick-up trucks.

The laminated SSB cells are being shown in the Hyper Force concept vehicle this month (April), which uses the e-4ORCE all-wheel control. The cells will be used in the Gen 3 Formula E electric racing car.