Solid Power begins trial of pre-test solid state battery with Ford and BMW in late 2022

Solid Power begins trial of pre-test solid state battery with Ford and BMW in late 2022

Solid-state battery cells on the EV-scale are getting close to reality in Louisville, Colorado, where Solid Power has announced that it will begin trial manufacturing of solid-state cells. The complete installation of the production pilot line will allow Solid Power to produce silicon anode and solid state battery cells for internal testing before they are delivered to automotive partners BMW and Ford for start of qualification testing.

If you haven’t heard of Solid Power yet, you may want to monitor its progress going forward. They are Colorado-based battery developers who specialize in solid-state electrolyte technology with the goal of bringing scalable cells to the world of electric vehicles at or near the cost of existing lithium-ion cells.

We’ve covered Solid Power for several years now, starting in 2017 when BMW announced a major investment in it. Other major companies on board include Hyundai Motor Group and Samsung. By 2019, Ford had joined the investment group to help try to get the company’s solid-state battery technology across the finish line.

This included an additional $130 million funding round led by Ford and BMW last year. This news was soon followed by a partnership with car battery supplier SK Innovation to jointly develop solid-state battery cells for the likes of Ford, BMW and other OEMs.

Following its latest press release, Solid Power has a pilot manufacturing line to start assembling and testing solid state cells. Soon, Ford and BMW should start testing it, too.

New ‘EV Cell Pilot Line’ to manufacture and test solid-state battery cells in-house and with Ford and BMW / Source: Solid Power

Solid State Battery Cells are tested by Solid Power Company, Ford

Solid Power has announced the completion of its Colorado pilot manufacturing line, which it calls its “EV Cell Pilot Line” designed to produce solid-state battery cells on the EV scale. The EV cell experimental line was designed to manufacture sulfide-based cells through a process that closely matches existing processes for the production of lithium-ion cells.

Solid Power shared that when the cell pilot line is running at full capacity, it is expected to produce 300 cells per week, which translates to about 15,000 solid battery cells each year. According to the battery developer, the majority of these pilot cells will be used to test the qualification of electric vehicles by some of the aforementioned partners such as Ford. Solid Power CEO Doug Campbell spoke about the new demo line and its capabilities:

Solid Power is encouraged by taking this next step in their motor vehicle qualification roadmap. The installation of the EV cell pilot line will allow us to produce cells on an EV scale suitable to begin the formal vehicle qualification process. Over the coming quarters, we will be working to bring our EV-cell pilot line up to full operational capacity and look forward to offering EV-scale fully solid-state cells to our partners later this year.

To start, BMW and Ford are set to get their own solid-state battery cells for testing in their EV platforms. Solid Power’s solid-state battery cells contain over 50% active silicon in each anode, providing greater energy density and therefore a longer range – all without the volatilization of liquid electrolytes found in conventional lithium-ion cells.

Solid Power thinks it can upgrade its Silicon EV cells to a variety of power capacities, ranging from 60 to 100 Ah (Ah). With this range of flexibility, Solid Power has the ability to meet many automotive OEM specifications. While this will initially include Ford and BMW, there is plenty of room for additional vehicle partners with their own design specs.

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2022-06-06 18:39:00

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