Nissan revealed a prototype production facility in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday, where the the company says plans to manufacture solid-state batteries for use in electric vehicles. The company said in a statement that it plans to “establish a pilot production line at its Yokohama plant in fiscal year 2024, with materials, design and manufacturing processes for prototype production on the line to be studied at the production facility. of prototypes”. Nissan aims to bring its first solid-state battery electric vehicle to market in 2028.
Solid-state batteries could, in theory, charge faster, store more energy and last longer than the lithium-ion batteries most electric vehicles now use. Nissan said it hopes to eventually use the batteries in its entire lineup of vehicles, including its trucks. He said its solid-state batteries could drive the price of battery packs down to $75 per kWh by 2028 and eventually to $65 per kWh. Batteries should help make electric vehicles much more affordable and eventually put them at the same price as gasoline-powered vehicles.
Other automakers are also working to develop solid-state batteries. QuantumScape backed by Volkswagen plans to start selling them in 2024, and Ford says it will have solid-state batteries is being developed ready for the end of the decade. Toyota said last year that he wants to start making the batteries in the mid-2020s, but said he must continue to research the technology; Currently, solid-state batteries are expensive to manufacture.