Nissan Teases Electric Vehicles With ‘Revolutionary’ Battery Technology For 2028

What just happened? Nissan is poised to power a breakthrough battery technology that could further accelerate the speed of electric vehicles. The Japanese automaker on Friday announced a prototype production facility for solid-state battery cells. These advanced batteries have about twice the energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries and will cost less to produce through the use of cheaper materials.

According to an Associated Press report, Nissan is working with NASA on the project. Once completed, the battery technology will be stable enough to be used in a pacemaker. For vehicle applications, solid-state batteries will be about half the size of today’s packs and reach a full charge in just 15 minutes.

Fast-charging batteries could help entice consumers to trade in their gas-powered vehicles for all-electric models, especially if they are compatible with existing charging infrastructure. Assuming the range is comparable to today’s electric vehicles, range anxiety may soon be a thing of the past.

Nissan plans to open a pilot production line at its Yokohama plant in fiscal year 2024 with the goal of launching electric vehicles with in-house developed solid-state batteries by fiscal year 2028.

While promising, it is important to keep expectations in check. This is especially true when it comes to battery technology, as we’ve been promised breakthrough advancements in the past that never came out of the lab. It could be different this time because the future of the automotive industry depends on it.

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