Nissan partners with NASA to develop new batteries for EVs

The battery being developed is said to be a game-changer.

Nissan is said to be working with NASA to develop a new kind of battery for future electric vehicles. The collaboration between the U.S. Space Program and Nissan will see the development of solid-state batteries, which are said to be lighter, safer and much quicker to charge than the current lithium-ion batteries currently in use.

According to reports, the first product with the solid-state battery developed by the Nissan-NASA partnership will be launched in 2028. However, there will be a pilot plant launch, which will take place as early as 2024. Once introduced in a product, the solid-state batteries could replace lithium-ion batteries entirely.

Reports also suggested that, when finished, the solid-state batteries developed by Nissan & NASA will be half the size of the current batteries on EVs and will bring down the charging time to a few minutes instead of hours.

Apart from NASA, the Japanese carmaker has also partnered with the University of California to test various materials that could bring down the dependence on expensive rare-earth metals currently in use. Nissan is also said to take advantage of its Leaf EV, even borrowing technology such as the lamination of the battery cells.

Companies like Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford & General Motors are also working on solid-state batteries. However, Nissan's executive VP, Kunio Nakaguro states that the battery being developed by them will be a "game-changer".

Source: techxplore

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